California Wildfires November 2018 News and Updates
As Wildfires Continue, CHA Encourages Members to Assist Those Impacted
Hospitals and health care facilities across the state continue to respond to, and be affected by, the devastation caused by the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California. Members who wish to donate are encouraged to support the following funds managed by hospitals:
Adventist Health Feather River — Adventist Health’s fire assistance fund is accepting donations to support hospital employees who have been impacted by the Camp Fire.
The HCA Hope Fund — An employee-run 501(c)(3) charity, HCA is providing grants to support hospital employees in Thousand Oaks who have been impacted by the Woolsey and Hill Fires.
Enloe Medical Center — Located in Chico, the site of multiple evacuation centers for the Camp Fire, Enloe Medical Center is accepting donations on behalf of those who have been displaced.
The Camp Fire stands as the most destructive — and deadliest — fire in the state’s history, and is currently 30 percent contained; the Woolsey and Hill fires are 35 percent contained. Yesterday, President Trump approved California’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, allowing the federal government to bolster ongoing emergency response. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
On November 12, A Presidential Declaration was released stating that a major disaster exists in the State of California and that Federal aid would be ordered to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires beginning on November 8, 2018, and continuing. This action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties.
On November 11,California requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster emergency response and help residents recover from fires burning in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. On November 12 Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the White House’s approval of the request for the Presidential Declaration.