How You Can Help Victims Of The Wildfires Ravaging Southern California
Fires are ravishing California -- here's how you can help.
What is the damage of the Southern California wildfires?
According to CNN, over 100,000 acres of Southern California has been burned by wildfires.
Every day, firefighters in Los Angeles receive a brush burning index which reports the fire danger -- a score of 165 or higher is extreme. As of Thursday, it was at 296. Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas says that is the highest it has ever been.
NBC Los Angeles is reporting that over 200,000 people have been displaced by the fire, and over 200 have already lost their homes. Wondering what you can do? Here's how to help victims of the wildfires in Southern California.
How can I help the victims of the California wildfires?
There are numerous fires burning throughout California, with little containment. Business Insider reports:
Thomas Fire in Ventura County: 96,000 acres, 5% containment.
Creek Fire in Sylmar: 12,605 acres, 5% containment, 30-50 structures damaged/destroyed, 2,500 homes threatened.
Rye Fire in Santa Clarita: 7,000 acres, 10% containment.
Skirball Fire in Bel Air: 475 acres, 5% containment.
California is in a state of emergency, but no matter where you live, you can help.
Donate money and supplies to wildfire victims at these organizations.
Thomas Fire Fund
The Thomas Fire Fund was created by the United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services.
Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation, call 805-485-6288 or visit the United Way of Ventura County's website.
You can send a check to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003 with "Thomas Fire Fund" written in the memo.
The Salvation Army
You can donate food and water to the Salvation Army at the Ventura County Fairgrounds or donate cash by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also visit the Salvation Army website to donate.
The Red Cross
Make a cash donation on redcrossla.org or over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
You can follow their social media for volunteering opportunities.
The Humane Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in over 100 animals. Often evacuation shelters do not allow people to bring their pets.
You can donate food and water for volunteers or make a cash donation on their website. They are also accepting the following items at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai: Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat chow, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses, and power generators.
Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
You can donate to Noah's Legacy Fund, this fund provides supplies, training, and equipment to first responders who rescue animals from areas stricken by natural disasters.
Mail donations to P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91189-0515 or through LACACF online.
Here is a list of verified campaigns of people who need help.
What to do if you are a victim of the California wildfires.
If you are a victim of the wildfires in Southern California, contact your insurance company. Many providers will cover your stay in a hotel along with your usual coverage.
Also contact your credit card companies as the purchases in the past 306 months should be reimbursed. You may need a police report stating you are a fire victim.
If you are renting a home or are a minor, you may be covered by your parent's home insurance if you do not have renter's insurance.
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