Before we can start replanting or otherwise working to restore a burned area, there are immediate matters that must be considered and addressed.
The urge to help after fire is a powerful force that can be harnessed into positive action by and for affected communities. Swift private and public support for the physical, financial, emotional and economic well-being of our affected communities is paramount. In the aftermath of evacuation and recovery, communities and responders are often dealing with hazardous environmental conditions which call for vigillant public safety and environmental stabilization. Specifically, communities must avoid contact with contaminated water, soil and hazardous materials in and around affected areas. Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential. Learn how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke >> READ MORE. Learn how to clean up safely after a disaster >> READ MORE.