In the wake of the devastation of the West Coast Wildfires, NAATP is working on reaching out to all of our members in the impacted areas. NAATP wants to identify treatment facilities needing support due to damage caused by the fires. Within our membership, there are resources to help patients and staff at centers that have been impacted. We hope to connect treatment providers in need of support with member organizations that have available beds and resources to help facilitate continuity of care for patients, and provide a safe place for staff members.
Here are some resources for how to help:
How to help evacuees
- Donate to the American Red Cross by writing "California Wildfires," "Oregon Wildfires," or "Washington Wildfires" in the memo line of a check and mail it to your local Red Cross chapter with the completed donation form. For California wildfires, you can also text "CAWILDFIRES" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Local residents may volunteer their services.
- The Salvation Army is providing food, water, and emotional support to evacuees and first responders in several locations.
- Extra room in your home? Offer to host people in need of emergency housing on AirBnB.
- Donate to various wildfire relief funds through the nonprofit GlobalGiving.
- The California Community Fund and Oregon Community Fund support both immediate disaster relief and long-term recovery efforts.
- GoFundMe.org has set up a general relief fund to distribute grants to various individual and community campaigns.
- World Central Kitchen, founded by chef José Andrés, is providing tens of thousands of meals across California.
- United Way chapters in various regions offer immediate and long-term recovery assistance, providing housing and other basic needs to displaced families.
How to help firefighters
- The California Fire Foundation provides financial and emotional support to surviving families of fallen firefighters, firefighters, and their communities.
- Direct Relief provides N-95 masks, medicine, and resources to first responders.
- The Los Angeles County Fire Foundation financially and emotionally supports paramedics, firefighters, lifeguards, and other personnel.
- The National First Responders Fund provides support including post-traumatic stress treatment, cancer prevention, toxic exposure, chemical dependency and critical incident support, outreach and activation.
- The Wildland Firefighter Foundation helps families of fallen firefighters and assists injured firefighters and their families.
As an association, we are committed to doing what we can to support our members during this incredibly challenging time. If you need support or know a facility that does, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Membership Development Officer Nikki Soda at 303-550-9982.