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How to Help Our Friends Affected by the SoCal Fires

Anxiety levels are extremely high throughout Southern California as fires are seemingly popping up everywhere—thanks to a trifecta of abundant brush, a lack of rain, and the Santa Ana winds. Many residents have lost homes—particularly in Ventura and Ojai—others have been displaced by mandatory evacuations, while others are packing and preparing to leave. Meanwhile, air quality everywhere is terrible. Below, some agencies to support while the fires continue to unfold.

Alerts & Resources

  • California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection

    California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection

    With the unpredictable nature of wildfires, knowing proper evacuation protocol for your area is crucial. Be prepared with this evacuation checklist to get you and your loved ones out of danger as safely as possible.

  • Los Angeles Fire Department

    Los Angeles Fire Department

    The LAFD is working tirelessly on the ground, and their website is full of of-the-moment information—including the latest evacuation zones and emergency shelters—on all fires within LA County. Follow them on Twitter for alerts and advisories.

  • Emergency Management Department

    Emergency Management Department

    A mass notification system to inform LA residents and businesses in times of emergency and disaster. If you’re an LA Resident, this is a priceless resource.

  • Full List of Ventura County Evacuation Centers

    Full List of Ventura County Evacuation Centers

    Ventura County is in an official emergency state. Go here for a list of all evacuated areas, road closures, and emergency shelters.

SoCal-Wide Donation Collection

  • California Fire Foundation

    California Fire Foundation

    Honor the firefighters putting their lives on the line with a donation to the California Fire Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support to the state’s firefighters, their families, and communities affected by devastating fires.

  • Baby2Baby Amazon Wishlist

    Baby2Baby Amazon Wishlist

    Dedicated to providing basic necessities to every child in need, Baby2Baby has created a public Amazon registry to send essential supplies—diapers, formula, toiletries—to the littlest victims of the fires.

Ventura County

  • The Thomas Fire Fund

    The Thomas Fire Fund

    Am emergency fund organized by United Way Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County, and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services. Donations can be made by texting “UWV” to 41444 or sending checks with “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.

  • Salvation Army Ventura Corps

    Salvation Army Ventura Corps

    In spite of evacuations, the local Salvation Army community is still holding strong and accepting food, clothing, toys, and holiday gifts for fire victims and their children. Send to 650 S. Petit Ave. Ventura, CA 93004.

  • Humane Societies of Ventura County

    Humane Societies of Ventura County

    The Ojai Valley animal shelter has taken in nearly 300 animals displaced by the fires and are in desperate need of assistance. Donate to their relief efforts online or send animal supplies directly to the ranch.

  • Volunteer with Red Cross

    Volunteer with Red Cross

    A predominantly volunteer-run operation, the Red Cross is on the ground accommodating fire-affected residents throughout Ventura County. They are currently accepting volunteer applications in addition to monetary donations.

Los Angeles County

  • Catholic Charities

    Catholic Charities

    Focussing on Santa Barbara and Ventura, this non-profit is accepting clothing and supplies donations on behalf of those in immediate need. Being that many families have been left homeless for the holidays, toys and holiday gift donations are encouraged.

  •  Southern California Equine Emergency Evacuation

    Southern California Equine Emergency Evacuation

    A Facebook group of horse and ranch owners in need of and offering assistance. The group has helped to reunite owners with lost horses, provide shelter through private stables, and transport evacuated animals to safety.

  • Noah’s Legacy Fund—Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation

    Noah’s Legacy Fund—Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation

    LA County’s Animal Care Foundation is uniquely equipped to offer supplies, training, and equipment to ensure animals stay safe in emergencies and disasters such as these.

  • Wildlife Waystation

    Wildlife Waystation

    This non-profit animal sanctuary in Sylmar is a haven for over 100 species of exotic wildlife. While no humans or animals were harmed, the ranch suffered critical damage in the Creek Fire. Without power or a telephone connection, their supplies are at risk and donations are more crucial than ever.

  • Los Angeles Animal Services

    Los Angeles Animal Services

    Due to an influx of owner surrenders, East and West Valley animal shelters are at capacity and in desperate need of temporary fosters. If taking in an animal isn’t an option, supply and pet food drop-offs are the next best thing.

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