California is suffering unprecedented devastation as wildfires spread through both rural and urban communities. Many of our colleagues, clients and business partners in the affected regions are facing evacuations, fear of the unknown and in some cases, loss of property. In the midst of a crisis, it can be hard to know what to do or how to help. We put together a quick list of resources, depending on individual needs.
For up to the minute updates on wildfire progression and evacuation areas, visit Cal Fire’s Incident Information page: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
If you are a homeowner and have a home that was lost or damaged as a result of the fire, contact your broker right away.
If you are a business owner and have suffered a loss related to your business, once you and your employees are safe, contact your broker right away.
If you are not currently in an area threatened by fire and are concerned about precautions you can take to protect your own home or business, contact your broker to discuss the best plans and policies to have in place.
Visit Cal Fire’s Go! Evacuation Guide for additional details and best practices for preparing for a wildfire evacuation: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Go-Evacuation-Guide/
If you are not personally suffering or at risk of a loss and would like to find out how to help, consider contacting the following organizations to learn how to volunteer or donate:
- Donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation
- Food pantries in Napa, Yuba and Sonoma Counties are now accepting food donations.
- Various evacuation centers are seeking donated supplies: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ca-napa
Please be safe, stay off roads if you do not need to be traveling and heed any evacuation orders as they are announced.