September 16, 2020 – At least 36 people have died in wildfires occurring in 11 states. More than four million acres have burned with most of the activity taking place in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. There are currently 87 active wildfires.
Intense smoke from the fires is forcing many to remain indoors and parts of the west coast, including Portland, Oregon, are reporting the worst air quality in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes because of these fires, with 40,000 evacuated in Oregon alone.
New Life Church of Nazarene in Medford, Oregon, is serving as a congregate shelter for its local community. Heart to Heart International’s Director of Disaster Response and Associate Chief Medical Officer met virtually with the shelter director at the church. Together, they walked through the church’s Infection Prevention and Control protocols and guidelines for resident management. The HHI team advised the shelter director of best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. HHI will continue to work with the church for are additional needs.
In addition, HHI has sent hygiene kits, children’s blanket kits and PPE (including masks, n95 masks, gloves and gowns) to the Nazarene Hospital Foundation in Medford, Oregon, to help with the response. The hygiene kits were assembled by Timken, and the children’s blanket kits were assembled by SBA.
Heart to Heart International will continue reaching out to partners to find the best ways to help those impacted by these dangerous fires.
We need your help to continue sending relief to those affected by these wildfires up and down the West Coast.
- Relief sent to Oregon Wildfires
- Relief sent for Hurricane Sally
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- Medical supplies and PPE headed to Lebanon
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