CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE UPDATES & RESOURCES

Updated 11/16/17

NEWS ARTICLES, UPDATES AND TIMELY RESOURCES
  • 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
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.
Contact Information:
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


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.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness
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.

Red Cross
You can make a difference, help people affected by disasters big and small.

Donate Blood
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.

Direct Relief

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

UndocuFund


 

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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Visit the CPCA Store to order fully printed and bound flip-charts!


STATE RESOURCES

NATIONAL RESOURCES