Stay Prepared – Pacific Northwest Wildfires

There are currently 30 large fires burning approximately 1.2 million acres in Oregon and Washington – marking an unprecedented loss. In the last 10 years, Oregon has seen an average of 500,000 acres burn in an entire year. This number has doubled in the past three days alone.

On September 10, 2020 Oregon’s Governor declared a State of Emergency in response to the wildfires that are burning across the state. In correlation with this, Mercy Corps Northwest is providing information on how to stay prepared at a distance, where to find reliable information, and which organizations are supporting wildfire relief efforts in Oregon and Washington. 

Our team is sending our condolences and warmest thoughts to all local teams, friends, family, and community members on the ground. We know that communities across the Pacific Northwest – and throughout the West Coast – are facing evacuations and heartbreaking loss. Please do your part to stay prepared while prioritizing your safety.

For the latest alerts visit: publicalerts.org

For information on packing a Go-Bag and family emergency preparedness planning visit: mercycorps.org/blog/family-emergency-preparedness-plan 

For Small Business Support visit the SBA: sba.gov/business-guide/manage-your-business/prepare-emergencies

For those who are looking to donate, we ask that you please direct resources to ORVOAD: oregonrecovers.communityos.org

 


Additional Resources Below

Stay Updated
-Opt-in to emergency text alerts: https://tinyurl.com/y3s8wnax
-Monitor for county-specific announcements and sign up for emergency alerts: https://tinyurl.com/yykhg2ks
-Monitor the air quality in your area: https://www.airnow.gov/
-Monitor fire and smoke map: https://tinyurl.com/y5ajz8ko
-How to protect yourself from wildfire smoke during the pandemic: https://tinyurl.com/y2j7kbky

If you need help

-List of temporary shelters: https://tinyurl.com/yym6b34y
-Fire evacuation checklist: https://tinyurl.com/ycd557va
-Food Assistance: https://foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org/
-If you’ve been evacuated, register yourself with the Red Cross. You can also search for a loved one: https://tinyurl.com/4hfa2n5
-Uhaul offering free storage for evacuees for 30 days: https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/

How to Help

-Donate to the Red Cross: https://tinyurl.com/yxd3fgst
-Help transport animals to a safe space: https://tinyurl.com/y3vh9z5t
-If you have a place to house animals: https://tinyurl.com/y29zvduy
-More ways to help, including donating goods/essentials and volunteering: https://tinyurl.com/y38xc2lq

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