This past week in California, communities all across the Golden State have been displaced from their homes, experiencing the stress and uncertainty of unprecedented wildfires in the midst of a global pandemic. This is the update from CalFire as of August 26th:
More than 15,000 firefighters today are battling over two dozen major fires and lightning complexes across California. In the past 24-hours there were over 400 lightning strikes in Northern California. Since the lightning siege that started on Saturday, August 15, 2020, there have been nearly 14,000 lightning strikes. During this time-period, there have been more than 700 new wildfires, which have now burned over 1.32 million acres. The significant acreage burned makes the fires collectively larger than the State of Delaware. In this siege, there have been 7 reported fatalities and nearly 1,700 structures destroyed.
We need your help to bring trauma, pain management, and respiratory health support to evacuees and first responders.
Our team is currently navigating where our volunteers are most needed. Right now, we are looking to setup emergency integrative medicine clinics for evacuees in Santa Cruz and first responders and Latinx community members in Sonoma County. Based on reports from CalFire, we anticipate that this will be a lengthy fire response. This means we need your help. There are many ways to volunteer and support our efforts.
We need licensed and certified integrative health practitioners, as well as crisis support and administrative volunteers. There are many ways to volunteer, including in person and virtually. You can learn more about all of our volunteer opportunities at our website.
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We are looking for videos and other resources to help support everyone impacted by the California wildfires. This can include tools to regulate the nervous system, support stress and anxiety, respiratory health, immune health, insomnia, and more. Integrative health and medicine providers have so many tools in their tool box and we are asking you to share so evacuees and first responders can access support virtually due to extra restrictions of delivering in-person care because of COVID-19.
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Your financial contribution helps make this type of work possible and is tax-deductible. In addition to monetary donations, we are also looking for donations of supplements, herbs, PPE, and other supplies to support the health of evacuees and first responders during this unprecedented lightning fire siege.
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Thank you for your ongoing support of IHAN. Together, we can transform trauma into resilience for communities impacted by climate disasters.