On July 28th Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties due to the effects of the Mendocino Complex and Steele Fires. These wildfires have prompted mass evacuations, burned thousands of acres and continues to threaten infrastructure as extreme heat persists across the state. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California with Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement, and Southern and Inland Region personnel working with various response agencies to address all emergency management, evacuation and mutual aid needs.
For more information please visit:
Cal OES website: http://www.caloes.ca.gov
Cal Fire Incident Webpage: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
Cal OES: http://wildfirerecovery.org/
How You Can Help
It will take some time to identify specific needs, but financial donations to grantmaking organizations and nonprofit disaster response organizations are the best way to help individuals and families affected by disasters. As needs are identified, this information will be posted on this website.
CaliforniaVolunteers strongly encourages donors to carefully research charitable organizations prior to donating to ensure that their donated funds will have the desired result. For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the California Office of the Attorney General’s Charities website.
To donate to those affected by the Mendocino Complex, please see the links below:
- Disaster Fund for Mendocino County – http://www.communityfound.org/for-donors/donate-today/community-funds/disaster-fund-for-mendocino-county/
- North Coast Opportunities – https://www.ncoinc.org/disaster-recovery/
The outpouring of support and generosity from the public is humbling and deeply appreciated. At this time, there is no need for in-kind donations and any used items will not be accepted. If you would still like to contribute, please consider making a monetary donation to support the survivors of these devastating wildfires.
Please continue to check this page for timely updates.
Volunteer needs are currently being assessed and will be updated regularly.
At this time, please consider affiliating with existing nonprofit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the number of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained ad supported to respond in the most effective way.
Above all, please do not self-deploy. Until a need has been identified and the local impacted community has requested support, volunteers are asked to wait for additional information.