Volunteer or donate.
As medical centers evacuated, donating blood is also helpful. (All types, but especially O-)
Check with local emergency management office. In California, it's mostly Nixel or Everbridge
A: Download the FEMA app! In California, also grab CalFire app.
DONATE MONEY. Material goods require logistical work to sort & deliver, often hindering efficiency. Local NGOs are best.
Ash (rising PM2.5 counts) aggravates respiratory systems. Try to stay indoors. Masks are rarely useful*
SoCal has Santa Ana & NorCal has Diablo winds. Inland high pressure drives strong winds through canyons
The new normal sucks.
>50% of NAm fires are human-caused from unextinguished campfires, tossed cigs, hot cars on dry grass, or sparks.
1. Learn local hazards.
2. Make plans.
3. Pack kits.
The same holds for people: A few minutes now will save you stress later.
1. Sonoma County's website keeps going down.
2. Many regional cell towers are destroyed, creating service deadspots.
Emergency vet care? RedRover grants: redrover.org/relief/
For fires, big concern is ash (PM2.5). Most masks can't filter, poor fit renders useless.
Or find local NGO with existing relationship.