This heartbreaking video came into my Facebook feed buried in all the Black Friday Last Chance and Cyber Monday buy this silly crap ads. GIVING TUESDAY is coming and I wanted to share it.
The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. It’s also the deadliest wildfire in the United States since 1918.
Nearly 19,000 structures were destroyed, including more than 13,000 residences (with an average occupancy of 3 people per home). Not 1,300 residences – 13,000. For many, their place of work also burned. Jobs in California are scarce – recovery will be slow and extremely difficult.
Folks not close to a disaster area may not be aware of the painstaking complexity of recovery. The cleanup of toxic waste removal before any work can be done on any property took more than 6 months to complete after the 2015 Butte fire (that I was too near, so know a lot about) – and that was under 500 residences. All those batteries, tv’s and computers – stuff you’re not supposed to just trash – the burned waste is considered radioactive and very toxic. FEMA won’t put trailers on land that has not been toxic waste cleared; contractors cannot work there. A burned tree fell and killed a fire fighter in Yosemite this year – the dangerous tree removal also must take place to assure the safety of people working in the area. And all the infrastructure (for things like power) is burned.
The very few homes for sale near the area are all going for $50,000 to $100,000 over asking price and realtors report no rentals at all are left. 13,000 homes gone – it boggles the mind.
There is so much need. Although, within a few days centers were buried in used items and pleaded for folks to stop sending such – even new items and toys had to be tuned away as space for people indoors is the first priority. Volunteer centers reported after 6,000 applications they had to stop taking applications. Word now is that volunteers may be needed in January and February, but not before. Money can do the most good, but for some reason people never want to do it – running off to buy things that they get angry when their carload/trailer load of things can’t be accepted.
Local Support Non-Profits recommended in responsible media, most also have a Facebook page if you want to check them out further:
• North Valley Community Foundation: https://www.nvcf.org.
Larger Support Non-Profits
• American Red Cross: www.redcross.org.
• Salvation Army: give-do.salvationarmy.org.
• United Way: www.norcalunitedway.org.
If you want to know more about the animals, visit the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital page or check out the KTVU news article how to help the animals affected by California’s wildfires.
Screenshot from ABC news showing Silicon Valley size versus the fire’s size.
If you’re looking to give anything this season, know that money donated here will go to people who are in need.