This has been a tough year for California as it pertains to wildfires. This week on Monday, fast-moving fires broke out and are still affecting Ventura County, parts of Los Angeles and most recently North San Diego County. So far the fires have burned more than 100,000 acres, many homes and are forcing tens of thousands to evacuate their premises. Today, as The Venue Report team is writing this post, we can see plumes of smoke from our office as the most recent fire has started in North County San Diego. So dear friends, this brings us to you. Many of you want to know how to help or how to ensure your family and pets stay safe. For live updates of evacuation zones and more visit Cal Fire's twitter feed, check Los Angeles evacuation zones hereand San Diego evacuation centers and assistance via the live twitter feed here. If you would like to help the wildlife, pets and people affected by these fires, please read on.
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Donate Gifts for the Holiday Season
With the holidays around the corner, many have lost their homes and with it their Christmas or holiday gifts. A charity has been established by the Catholic Charities which is accepting donations of clothing and new toys and gifts to the victims of the Thomas Fire victims. Drop off at the Catholic Charities Ventura Community Services Center at 303 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA 93001 or donate through the Catholic Charities Website here.
Baby2Baby has set up a Southern CA Fires Relief Registry to send diapers, formula and baby supplies to the children and families displaced by the fires burning across Los Angeles, Ventura County, Sylmar and Santa Clarita. To make an immediate impact on the victims of the Southern California fires use this Amazon registry link. The arrival date of items purchased will be: Dec 11, 2017
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Help the Animals
If you would like to help the pets and wildlife affected by the fires, donate to Noah’s Legacy Fund at Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation. The foundation rescues animals from wildfires, flooding, earthquakes and man-made disasters & provides temporary sheltering for pets whose owners are evacuated. You can also donte to The Humane Society of Ventura County who is assisting animals in need with an online monetary donation or by dropping ff donations at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai as reported by Patch. If you are a victim of the recent in San Diego County area, please evacuate your animals to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Cal Fire Foundation provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. The Foundation supplies emergency support to departments and families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and provides educational assistance to the children of fallen firefighters through the California Firefighters Endowment and Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program.
The great news is that The Salvation Army has been inundated with donations of food and water, so much so that they don't have any room for further donations. To help the affected famillies of Ventura County get back on their feet the best way to help is with a donation. The website allows you to donate any amount you want, even something as small as $5.00 will help.
If you have an equine anywhere in Southern California and need help getting your animal friend to safety, please visit the Southern California Equine Emergency Evacuation community facebook group. If you have a trailer or can help board any of the equines that are being evacuated please offer assistance here. This is a group for helping to coordinate evacuations, ask for help in evacuations or other equine emergency related posts. Please make sure you exchange info when either having someone evac your animals or allowing someone to house your animals. These are NOT screened volunteers, simply folks offering to help in an emergency.
Donate Directly to Those Whom Have Lost Their Homes
You can donate directly to people who have lost their homes this holiday season by visiting the website The United Way of Ventura County. The relief fund will help out 600+ evacuees who are being housed in shelters right now. You can also text “thomasfire” to 898-211 to get connected to the Thomas Fire Hotline or “UWVC” to 41444 to give to the Thomas Fire Fund as recently reported on their Facebook page.
There are many places across the world that are affected by wildfires, and for most areas like California it's not a matter of if but when. Making sure that you are prepared not only helps your family and pets but also helps out the firefighters and emergency relief efforts who have extremely limited resources during wildfires. Read here for a list of things you can do to make sure you are disaster prepared. The NYTimes also posted a very helpful guide.