Wildfire Resources for Businesses & North Lake Tahoe Residents
To ensure the local business community has readily available resources in the event of an emergency, The NLTRA/Chamber worked with local Agencies and Business Associations to create a quick reference toolkit (below). Should North Lake Tahoe be directly impacted by a wildfire, our combined goal is to ensure your business is prepared.
An unprecedented heat wave triggered 12,000 dry lightning strikes igniting 615 fires throughout the state, overwhelming our capacity. Two of the largest wildfires in California’s history are burning simultaneously.
These fires have consumed 1.1 million acres in less than a week and displaced 240,000 Californians.
Here are ways how you can help:
- Donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund: Due to COVID, fire evacuees are going into hotels rather than shelters, but they are running out of rooms. You can also donate rewards points to the Red Cross to help.
- Donate to a Community Foundation: Community foundations get resources to local NGOs that support both the immediate relief work and the longer term recovery for families that have lost homes and businesses. Under the “relief fund” tab in the above link is a list of vetted community foundations and organizations that are supporting local recovery efforts.
- Host a Fire Evacuee: For those in the region, you can offer to host fire evacuees through the free Open Homes service provided by AirBNB. If you know fire evacuees, you can help them by finding them housing through this service (many evacuees don’t have laptops or easy access to the internet).
Fire Safety and Health Tips:
Learn more: www.readyforwildfire.org
Protect Your Health:
Smoke from wildfires across the state carries tiny particles that can damage the lungs, especially for those with existing respiratory conditions.
Public health officials and air quality experts also say staying indoors is the best way to protect yourself from the haze, the heat and exposure to COVID-19.
But for people who work outside or lack access to housing or transportation, the virus and the hazardous air raise questions about what protection to use, and when. Here’s what the California Department of Public Health advises:
- Wear a cloth face covering if you’re going to be within six feet of others to limit the spread of COVID-19. Cloth masks and surgical masks do not protect the wearer from fine particulate matter in wildfire smoke.
- Wear an N95 respirator if you need to be outdoors in smoky air for an extended period of time.
- N95 respirators provide protection from both wildfire smoke and viral particles, but should be reserved for health care workers treating COVID-19 patients.
- N95 respirator masks must be properly fitted to be effective, and don’t usually work on people with facial hair
- People with lung or heart conditions should consult their doctor before using an N95 mask, which can make breathing more difficult.
- Masks with one-way vents can reduce inhalation of smoke particles and viral particles for the wearer, but do little to protect others from COVID-19. Cloth coverings are recommended for preventing COVID-19 spread.
- Children, pregnant women, older adults and people with heart and lung problems are especially susceptible to smokey air.
- The best way to protect yourself from both wildfire smoke and COVID-19 is to stay indoors.