As the temperatures increase nationwide, so are crisis events in some of our communities around the Division. Wildfires have been raging across the Western States for the past few months. At present, one of the most volatile areas is in Northern California. Fire Departments have reported challenges attempting to extinguish wildfires that have increased over time. In Redding, where several homes have sustained severe damage, only around 35% of the fire has been contained. Jim Oliver, our Northern California Conference ACS DR Coordinator, expressed concern for some of those that reside in this area as he is still out of his home from the impact of last year’s fire destructive fire. Lodging has been secured for those that have been forced out of their homes. Jim is checking with all our local area churches to ascertain what type of support we can offer to those affected by these ravaging forces. While no Warehousing needs have been requested by the County nor State, Jim has teams on standby should a need arise for management of a Warehouse. Additionally, NCC also stands ready to provide shelter to those in need as we have provided training to seven area churches within the Conference in Sheltering earlier this year. At present, the Conference is highlighting the need for financial support in lieu of donated goods.
Northern California is not the only Western State being affected by fires. Oregon is also experiencing dry weather which has led to wildfires. Laura Pascoe, our Oregon Conference ACS Coordinator, has been in contact with State officials. Though the fires have not been as devastating to the community, Laura and her team are on standby should the need arise. Washington State is also dry this time of year and reports have identified a couple of wildfires that the local ACS DR Team is keeping an eye on. The Lake Region Conference has set up and is managing a Warehouse and Distribution Center in Mt. Prospect, IL after a six-story building complex sustained major fire and water damage. Our lead Debra Davis-Moody and her Team is managing this operation.