Wildfires in Western States

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Supporting Dioceses on the West Coast in Response to the Wildfires

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September 10, 2020

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to support Episcopal dioceses in western states as they assess needs created by the record-breaking wildfires. These fires have destroyed millions of acres of land, homes and property, causing evacuations in many areas and creating unhealthy air quality throughout several states.

Since mid-August the organization’s US Disaster Program team has been in close contact with the Episcopal dioceses of El Camino Real, California, Los Angeles, Northern California, San Diego and San Joaquin, holding regular communication calls to assist partners in assessing needs and in deploying their disaster response plans. The team also reached out to dioceses beyond California as wildfires spread in other western states. Diocesan leaders have adapted existing disaster response plans to incorporate additional safety precautions to reduce the potential spread of the novel coronavirus. The economic and physical effects of the pandemic have already disproportionately affected marginalized communities, making the wildfires even more challenging.

“Our partners are continuing to monitor the fires and the air quality in their areas, and are reaching out to vulnerable groups to determine needs,” said Tamara Plummer, Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Right now, we need to let the first responders make it safe before dioceses can begin to provide relief.”

There are three phases to a disaster – rescue, relief and recovery. Learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program and how the team responds to disasters, such as the wildfires, here. Contributions to the US Disaster Response Fund will help provide support to disasters such as these wildfires.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.

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Supporting Partners in Response to the California Wildfires

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September 2, 2020

Episcopal Relief & Development is providing technical support for Episcopal dioceses and partners as they assess the needs of vulnerable people affected by the wildfires in Northern California.

The organization’s US Disaster Program team is coordinating with the Episcopal dioceses of Northern California, California and El Camino Real in response to the California wildfires that have burned more than 1.48 million acres and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. Additionally, many areas in San Francisco and Northern California are struggling with diminished air quality due to smoke and particulates from the fires. The COVID-19 pandemic is further complicating evacuations and emergency response efforts. Dioceses are adapting existing disaster response plans to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, while still providing assistance.

“Members of marginalized communities are particularly impacted by diminished air quality – even more so during a respiratory pandemic,” said Tamara Plummer, Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Our partners are leveraging their relationships in the community to determine how to best provide assistance during this challenging time.”

Please continue to pray for all those who are affected by this crisis. Donations to the US Disaster Response Fund will enable Episcopal Relief & Development to continue to respond to the wildfires in California and other disasters, both natural and human-made.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.


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Preparing to Respond to Wildfires in Northern California

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August 24, 2020

Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program is coordinating with all of the Episcopal dioceses in California as they monitor the impact of the northern California wildfires and develop response plans to provide assistance to marginalized communities.

US Disaster Program staff held a coordination call with all of the dioceses of California on Friday, August 21. Dioceses across northern California, including the dioceses of El Camino Real, Northern California, San Joaquin and California, are disproportionately affected by evacuations and air quality issues due to the wildfires. Diocesan staff and leaders continue to assess the needs of vulnerable communities as the fires continue to spread.

As of Monday, August 24, multiple wildfires had burned more than one million acres in Northern California, more than the total number of acres destroyed in all of 2019.

“The dioceses in California are prepared to provide relief once it is safe to do so,” said Tamara Plummer, Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We will continue to coordinate with the dioceses as they respond when the full impact of the fires becomes more clear.”

Please pray for the firefighters and other first responders who are fighting the wildfires and for all those who are affected. Donations to the US Disaster Response Fund will support Episcopal Relief & Development’s response to the fires and other disasters.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.