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Valley Fire Update for Donations - Volunteers

Valley Fire Update 9-24-15

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency: 

Residents of Lake County and Calaveras County in California: if you were affected by the wildfires, you can apply for federal assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. For TTY call 1-800-462-7585. Help is available in English, Spanish, and many other languages. 

Some of the things we may be able to help you with are repairs to your home, medical expenses, and temporary housing costs. More details at: http://www.fema.gov/…/federal-aid-programs-state-california…

Please share this with friends and family who were impacted by the fire.

Editor's note: this post was updated with the specific counties that are eligible for disaster assistance.




Advisory evacuations removed for Sonoma County; update on road closures

All advisory evacuation orders have been removed for Sonoma County residents. Soft road closures remain in place for two areas in northeast Sonoma County. Emergency responders urge people wishing to assist with the Valley Fire to stay away from the fire area and to check for road closures BEFORE attempting to help (go tohttp://calfire.ca.gov/communications/ActiveFiresList.php for a current list of Valley Fire closures).

SONOMA COUNTY SOFT ROAD CLOSURES:

Soft road closures remain in place for one area in northeast Sonoma County. Emergency responders urge people wishing to assist with the Valley Fire to stay away from the fire area and to check for road closures BEFORE attempting to help (go to http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/ActiveFiresList.php for a current list of Valley Fire closures).

Soft road closures remain in effect for the following areas:
Ida Clayton Rd at SR 128

Soft road closures allow those with residences or businesses in the area to access them, but prevent others from entering the impacted area. Any individuals who choose to enter the area are encouraged to use caution.  

For donations, volunteering, public health advisory, fire updates, and general information, please visit Sonoma County’s website: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/. Additional information can also be found on Facebook (County of Sonoma, California) and Twitter (@CountyofSonoma). For Nixle updates, text your zip code to 888777.

Wildlands Fire MAP:http://www.mappingsupport.com

ANIMAL LOCATION AND ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

Evacuees trying to locate pets and animals left behind in the fire area can go to www.valleyfireanimals.com/reports to post information about their animals and to see photos and reports on found animals. People using Facebook to find and report animals are encouraged to include #ValleyFirePets to help consolidate information into one site, seewww.facebook.com/hashtag/valleyfirepets?source=feed_text.

Lake County Animal Services is coordinating the needs of the displaced animals. Animal Services are fully stocked with donations of medical supplies, animal food (for domestic animals and livestock, including hay), cleaning supplies, and trailers for transport. However, their needs will continue to change throughout the response, and the public is advised to call to check on donation needs. Lake County Animal Services will be open every day, including this weekend, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and can be reached at 707-263-0278.

MONETARY DONATIONS:

Monetary donations remain an excellent way to provide assistance to displaced individuals. Financial donations can be made to the following:

Financial donations can be made to the following:

Or, make a check payable to Redwood Credit Union to: RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406

  • United Way of the Wine Countryhttps://volunteer.truist.com/uwwc-2/donate/ United Way of the Wine Country: Donations made to United Way of the Wine Country's website from September 14, 2015 - September 30, 2015 will be directed to United Way Relief Fund to help those affected by the devastating fires and their aftermath in Lake County. Or, mail your donation to: United Way of the Wine Country 975 Corporate Center Parkway, Suite 160 Santa Rosa, CA 95407.

While grateful for the generous response by the community in offering donations of material goods, emergency responders are not able to process items and have requested that donors hold onto these items for now. Monetary donations are the best way to help at this time.

VOLUNTEERING:

Emergency responders are working hard to coordinate volunteer efforts for people wishing to lend a hand for disaster relief. Here are a few ways to volunteer:

  • Interested volunteers may also register on site at the Napa County Fair in Calistoga. Please check-in at the volunteer table located between the Tubbs Building and Butler Pavilion near Gate 3 off of N. Oak Street in Calistoga from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • American Red Cross: If you are not currently a Red Cross volunteer but are interested in helping support response efforts, please email VYSNB@redcross.org. A representative from the Volunteer Department will follow up with you about paperwork dependent upon your location. If you want to be trained as a Red Cross disaster volunteer to respond to future disasters, sign up at http://tinyurl.com/redcrossNCCRvolunteer.

RESOURCES AND INFORMATION:

General Information and Updates

Fire Information

Volunteer Information

Sonoma County 2-1-1 is operating as an information line for neighboring counties:

  • Dial: 2-1-1  or 1-800-325-9604 if calling from out of the 707 area code
  • www.211sonoma.org

Fire Donations/Volunteering

Red Cross Safe and Well:

Animals:

  • Evacuated residents that need to check on the status of pets and other animals can call Lake County Animal Care and Control at (707) 263-0278.

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY:

Exposure to smoke can trigger life threatening respiratory events in people that are sensitive or who have underlying heart or lung conditions. If you see or smell smoke, keep in mind the following:

  • Consider staying inside and keeping windows and doors closed to avoid breathing smoke particles.
  • Run your air conditioner, making sure to keep the fresh air intake closed and the filters clean.
  • Do not run swamp coolers. They will pull smoky air in from outside.
  • Masks do not protect your lungs from smoke particles.