There are over 15 active fires throughout the state of California with the newest one – the Getty Fire – igniting in Los Angeles County near the neighborhood of Sherman Oaks and threatening approximately 10,000 structures. In Southern California, the Tick Fire continues to burn more than 4,600 acres in Los Angeles County and stands at 70% containment.
Along with government and community partners, dozens of American Red Cross disaster workers are supporting the opening of shelters and evacuation centers and provision of food and comfort for those fleeing the fires. Throughout the weekend, thousands of residents needed shelter after being evacuated due to the wildfires, and more than 3,000 people spent Sunday night in Red Cross and community shelters across California. Along with food and shelter, the Red Cross is supporting those affected with relief supplies, health services such as replacing lost medications and eyeglasses, emotional support and spiritual care.
As IAPMO stands for the health, safety, and well-being of people across our globe, we wish to help the people impacted by Hurricane Dorian wherever its devastation is felt. To that end, we encourage our membership and our partners in the industry to make a donation to the American Red Cross, which is already on the ground responding to these communities’ needs.
“IAPMO stands first and foremost for safety, and in times like these we reach beyond our purview to ensure well-being in the most basic manner — shelter, a warm blanket, a meal and clean drinking water, for families weathering these natural disasters,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “We ask our members and industry peers to consider giving whatever possible.”
Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
Donations can be made via the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief fund at or simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Southern California Wildfires or Hurricane Dorian relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good. Instead, the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.