While the fires burn throughout the State, we watch anxiously in hope that there are no more lives or property lost. In California, more than 1.8 million acres were burned in 2018 alone costing the city more than $700 million. 95% of all wildfires in California are caused by people, but warmer temperatures and drier conditions make them harder to put out.
How to provide immediate relief
In 2018, over 224,000 people were displaced from wildfires. You can help by opening your home to those in need with the Airbnb Open Homes Program. You'll have the chance to help those immediately affected by natural disasters in addition to first responders, volunteers, and nonprofit relief workers.
All you need is:
• A spare room or apartment
• A comfortable bed
• Basic amenities and toiletries
• Availability for 2 or more days in a row
Join a community of generous hosts who offer their extra space for free to people in need of temporary housing.
Get CERT trained to be ready for the next emergency
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. Learn more here.
The LAFD CERT Call-Out Team is comprised of dedicated volunteers who have not only completed the CERT 17.5 hour training but also have shown the dedication and ability to go further in their training. There are several steps to qualify for the Call-Out Team. After passing all qualifications, the Call-Out Team member is allowed to wear the LAFD CERT Uniform, and can participate in Deployments. Learn more here.
Give money, not goods
When disaster strikes, it often brings with it an incredible outpouring of generosity. Empathy sparks action, and the world comes together to help. Consider following California Foundation’s recommendations to increase the effectiveness of your donations to disaster relief efforts and maximize your impact on affected communities, whether in Los Angeles or around the world. The immediate needs of those affected by the wildfires are great, and the recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the state.
California Community Foundation provides links to information and local resources for those affected as well as to organizations providing immediate and long-term relief.
Please do not self-deploy to the fires. The first-responders need to focus all of their energy and attention to containing the blaze. In the weeks and months that follow, there may be some clean-up related work; but generally professionals must take on this role for the safety of the public. However, where you can help the most is with the increase in the demand for nonprofit services — animal shelters, mental health, food security, and temporary housing. We also see that when more wealthy areas are impacted by fires, Angelenos who work in those areas may temporarily lose their livelihood. We have asked our nonprofit partners to let us know if/how you can help and will be posting these opportunities here, as they come to our attention. If you know of a volunteer opportunity, please email us with the details so that we can share widely.