CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE UPDATES & RESOURCES
NEWS ARTICLES, UPDATES AND TIMELY RESOURCES
CMS Wildfire Resources- https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/Wildfires.html
UPDATED: Local Assistance Centers are Available for Wildfire Victims - Several Local Assistance Centers (LAC) or Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) remain open to serve the communities and individuals that were impacted by the devastating wildfires.
INSIDE LOOK: Recovery & Remembrance from Devastating Wildfires
Governor Brown, California Congressional Delegation Request $7.4 Billion in Federal Disaster Relief Funding to Aid Wildfire Recovery – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined California’s two U.S. Senators and 39 members of the California congressional delegation to request $7.4 billion in federal funding for wildfire relief and recovery efforts in California. Governor Brown also expedited more than $40 million in state aid for immediate recovery efforts.
SBA to Open Business Recovery Center in Santa Rosa to Help Businesses Impacted by the Wildfires – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Napa/Sonoma Small Business Development Center today announced the opening of a business recovery center in Santa Rosa to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the wildfires that began Oct 8, 2017. The center will open as indicated below.
Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Mendocino County - A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has opened in Mendocino County, to offer residents affected by the devastating October 2017 wildfires a one-stop-shop for disaster assistance.
October 16th Tax Extension Deadline for Families Affected by the Wildfires -October 16th was the extension deadline to file federal and state taxes. So far in 2017, almost 400,000 people have claimed the Cal EITC for Tax Year 2016. For families affected by California's recent wildfires, both the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board have granted extensions to people affected by fire.
Department of Healthcare Services – Accelerated Medi-Cal Enrollment -In an effort to reduce administrative burdens, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is allowing providers who have given aid to recipients that have been affected by recent wildfires to easily and quickly enroll in the Medi-Cal program on a temporary basis. Please see the attached Informational Bulletin Regarding Disaster Relief Providers. For more information you may also visit the DHCS Provider Enrollment Division website.
Tips for choosing indoor air cleaner for effective indoor smoke removal in California -The California Air Resources Board continues to receive inquiries about portable air cleaners from those impacted by recent wildfires. In an effort to ensure that consumers are able to identify safe, effective air cleaners that will reduce their exposure to smoke and smoke residue, CARB wants to make more people aware of its list of certified air cleaners and other resources available on its website.
Additional Food Buying Assistance for Wildfire Survivors -Households impacted by recent wildfires in Northern California could be eligible for help buying food through USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced today. Those who may not normally be eligible for nutrition assistance under regular SNAP rules may qualify for D-SNAP — if their income is under the disaster limits and they have qualifying disaster-related expenses.
Debris Removal: Frequently Asked Questions Following the deadliest week of wildfires in California history, the massive task of cleanup and debris removal has begun. With over 8,400 structures destroyed in the 21 major wildfires statewide, California is now facing the largest debris removal effort in state history.
Wildfire Cleanup Efforts Requiring Multi-Agency Response - SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working with local, state and federal partners on the response to the Northern California fires. EPA is leading the survey, collection and disposal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) in Sonoma and Napa counties. This work will allow other state and federal agencies to remove ash and other non-hazardous debris and the rebuilding process to begin.
US EPA Begins Surveys of Household Hazardous Waste in Santa Rosa, Soda Canyon and Silverado - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in coordination with representatives from Sonoma and Napa counties, today will begin surveys to identify household hazardous waste (HHW) on residential properties in the neighborhoods of Coffey Park (Santa Rosa) and Soda Canyon and Silverado (Napa).
Cal OES Launches WildfireRecovery.org to Help October Wildfire Survivors
Beware of Scams and Fraudulent Phone Calls on Wildfire Survivors State and federal recovery officials urge California residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on vulnerable survivors of the October wildfires. Anyone with knowledge of fraud, waste or abuse may call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccompliantassistant.gov. You may also send an email to DHSOIGHotline@dhs.gov
2017 California Wildfire This Web page provides resources to help individuals, families, communities, and professionals stay safe in the face of the wildfires burning across northern California. Resources for professionals are in categories of Health Care, Public Health, and Worker Safety. Resources for individuals, families, and communities are in categories of Your State or Territory, Evacuating Safely, Air Quality, Safe Use of Drugs, Wound Care, and Mental and Behavioral Health.
Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Help Cut Red Tape, Expedite Recovery Efforts in Communities Impacted by Wildfires - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to cut red tape and help streamline recovery efforts in communities impacted by the devastating wildfires that have burned across California over the past ten days.
Health Care Heroes of the California Wildfires The safety net is experiencing more than its fair share of the wildfire devastation. Facilities have been destroyed and clinic staff have suffered personal and family loses. But they’re stepped up to the challenge of serving our patients, underserved and vulnerable communities who are battling their own fire-related injuries and health issues.
Caution During Wildfire Cleanup - CDPH Director & State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents of recently burned areas to use caution in cleaning up ash from recent wildfires. CDPH reminders those returning to their devastated communities that ash from burned homes and other items will likely contain metals, chemicals, and potentially asbestos, items that may be considered toxic if breathed in or touched with wet skin.
- Up to Date Air Quality Information: AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health affects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.
HEALTH CENTER FACILITY UPDATES
Our colleagues at the Redwood Health Community Coalition, which serves community health centers in Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Yolo Counties posts regular updates on centers operational statuses impacted by the various fires. You can find daily updated information by clicking here.
HOW TO RECEIVE DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Register: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS MAY REGISTER FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Local Assistance Centers are Available for Wildfire Victims in California Counties in Orange, Sonoma
Due to the damaging wildfires that have struck Sonoma and Orange Counties, Local Assistance Centers (LAC) will be open to serve the communities and individuals that were impacted. The LAC is normally staffed and supported by local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit and voluntary organizations. The LAC provides a single facility at which individuals, families and businesses can access available disaster assistance programs and services.
Contact your L&C District Office
Call your L&C District Offices ASAP to notify of clinic operation status. Here is the regulation requiring licensed clinics to do so.
Contact your Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC)
If you have an emergency/disaster incident medical or health resources request, contact your county’s Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC). The MHOAC fulfills responsibilities that include the coordination of disaster medical and health resources, to include healthcare personnel. The MHOAC may activate the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) Program to allow volunteer healthcare professionals to deploy and assist in disasters. Visit this link for your local MHOAC.
Regional Disaster Medical and Health Coordinator (RDMHC)
If you request cannot be filled with the local Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator MHOAC, the request may be directed to the Regional Disaster Medical and Health Coordinator (RDMHC) by the MHOAC. The RDMHC is responsible for supporting the mutual aid requests of the MHOAC for disaster response within the region and providing mutual aid support to other areas of the state in assistance to the state medical response system. The RDMHC also serves as an information source to the state medical and health response system. Visit this link for RDMHC Information.
Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Program Information
Direct Relief provides targeted assistance to help safety net providers prepare for and respond to emergencies. Response efforts—which include distribution of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, personal care items, equipment, and cash—are swift, involve local partners, and are coordinated with other nonprofit organizations and public health authorities to ensure the most effective use of resources.
Senior Program Manager, Katie Lewis: Cell =805-440-2948 and KLewis@directrelief.org
Director, U.S. Programs, Damon Taugher: Cell =805-403-3345 and DTaugher@DirectRelief.org
U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson, Fifth District – Fire Recovery Guide
For those who have been affected by the fires, I've created a fire recovery guide to help individuals, families, and businesses navigate the resources available to them. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL FIRE RECOVERY GUIDE
FEDERAL DISASTER RELIEF RESOURCES
Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness
Disaster Relief Resources from Capital Link
To assist health centers in obtaining Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for damaged or destroyed facilities, Capital Link (a BPHC-funded NCA) has developed Disaster Relief Resources, a series of resources supported by HRSA. Please note, FEMA resources can be used for any area where disaster is declared, such as areas affected by California wildfires.
National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a BPHC-funded NCA, offers emergency preparedness resources to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Many of these resources were developed by the Council on Disaster Planning for People Experiencing Homelessness.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DISASTER RESOURCES
SAMHSA Resources - Traumatic Events and Disasters
Visit their website to learn about who is most at risk for emotional distress from incidents of mass violence and where to find disaster-related resources.
The Disaster Distress Helpline offers emotional support after disasters like Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey and tragedies like the recent Las Vegas shooting. If you are having a hard time coping, it can help to reach out to someone. The Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24/7/365, by text or by phone, in English and in Spanish. Learn More >>
Unplanned evacuations during a disaster can cause great stress on a community and on the individuals in that community. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry offers Helping Families Deal with the Stress of Relocation After a Disaster—a handy guide for practitioners to offer patients in need of behavioral health support.
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Care - Trauma
National Council of Behavioral Health Trauma Informed Care Resources
HOW TO HELP
Santa Rosa Community Health Center - Those interested in donating to the Santa Rosa Community Health Center directly to support their efforts to rebuild and recover can visit their SRCH website.
Northern California Fire Fund - Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties’ community foundations have jointly mobilized the Northern California Fire Fund to respond to the devastating fires that have displaced thousands of residents and destroyed vast numbers of homes and businesses in their region.
You can make a difference, help people affected by disasters big and small.
Blood donations help millions of patients in need. To make the journey from “arm to arm,” every unit goes through a series of steps and tests to ensure that it is as safe as can be.
Community Foundation of Sonoma County
Community Foundation of Mendocino County
Napa Valley Community Foundation
United Way of Wine Country
United Way Bay Area
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief
North Coast Opportunities
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLANNING
Kaiser Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLANNING
Communications Plan Template
Evacuation Plan Template
Emergency Operations Plan Template
Shelter-in-Place Plan Template
Multi-Year Training & Exercise Plan (MYTEP) Template
Training Pre- and Post- Test Template
Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for CHCs
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