CA FIRE FOUNDATION DISASTER RELIEF CASH CARDS PROVIDE MORE THAN $175,000 IN SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF THE MILL FIRE

The California Fire Foundation has activated hundreds of its Disaster Relief cash cards and distributed them to survivors of the recent, deadly Mill Fire in Siskiyou County. To date, 700 cards were distributed at the Weed Community Center between September 9th and 11th.

The Foundation’s activated cash cards provide more than $175,000 in rapid assistance to those in need. The California Fire Foundation coordinated the cash card distribution with the Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center (SDVCC) in Weed with additional funding support from the Foundation’s partners the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) and Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA).

“During a wildfire disaster, we need to get aid to those that need it most,” said Rick Martinez, Executive Director of the California Fire Foundation. “When we partner with organizations such as RCRC and GSFA, we can get that aid into the hands of those in dire need, quickly and effectively.”

The California Fire Foundation’s Disaster Relief program brings immediate, short-term relief in the amount of a $250 cash card to survivors of fire or other disasters throughout California. The Disaster Relief cards provide immediate relief so they may purchase basic necessities such as medicine, food, gas, lodging, or clothing.

“Our communities in Siskiyou County are suffering immeasurably right now,” said Michael Kobseff, Siskiyou County Supervisor and RCRC Board Delegate.  “Partnering with the California Fire Foundation ensures we can get aid to those in need and alleviate the immediate suffering to those impacted by the Mill Fire.”

The Mill Fire has burned nearly 4,000 acres, destroyed over 100 structures, and killed two people since it began on September 2.

For more information on California Fire Foundation’s Disaster Relief program and how to support this vital program, visit www.cafirefoundation.org/programs/disaster-relief-programs.

The California Fire Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters, and the communities they protect. Formed in 1987, by California Professional Firefighters, the California Fire Foundation’s mission includes survivor and victim assistance programs and a range of community initiatives. cafirefoundation.org.

Media Contact: DeeDee Garcia, CA Fire Foundation; (916) 906-3412; dgarcia@cpf.org