ACS Disaster Response Teams are assisting with the Recovery Efforts in response to the deadly wildfires in California that have burned more than 3 million acres of land, and the most recent Pacific Northwest fires that have destroyed hundreds of homes in Oregon. Through the leadership of the Pacific Union Conference and Central California Conference and in collaboration with Fresno County, a campground has been secured to offer temporary shelter for evacuees. Almost 1,500 people have been put up in ACS DR trailers, cabins, and RVs that are being utilized to house those who have been affected. In addition, we were also able to provide Emotional & Spiritual Care training on the campground to those who were interested.
The Oregon ACS Disaster Team is currently on the ground providing assistance to those who have been affected. The Oregon Conference has opened up their Gladstone Park campground to evacuees in RVs. Volunteers are guiding community members into the evacuation spaces. Andy Villanueva, Oregon Conference Disaster Response Director said, “You can see the relief come over people.”
With countless fires ranging around California, the Northwest, and Oregon, let us continue to keep those who are affected and the first responders in prayer during these trying times.