Last Update 11/15/18, 3:00 p.m. E.T.
Hundreds of thousands evacuate as California wildfires turn deadly. The blaze is the deadliest one in the history of the state with a toll of 59 dead, also more than 130 people remain missing. The blaze has destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and forced at least 52,000 people to evacuate.
- Location: Butte County
- 140,000 acres burned
- 40 percent contained
- 56 fatalities confirmed
- 10,321 structures destroyed (including homes)
- Location: Los Angeles County, Ventura County
- 98,362 acres burned
- 57 percent contained
- 3 fatalities confirmed
- 435 structures destroyed, 57,000 in danger
Type 1 diabetes reminders for natural disasters
- Identify yourself as someone who has diabetes
- Stay hydrated
- Keep emergency supplies with you to treat hypoglycemia
- Secure insulin – If you can get to a pharmacy, it’s the best way to access your medicines or get emergency supplies.
In a life-threatening situation
- Call 911 – due to the heavy volume of calls, be sure to stay on the line until your call can be answered.
- Find up to date information – including evacuation information – from Cal Fire HERE.
- Identify the nearest shelter and evacuate as soon as it is mandatory
- The Red Cross is encouraging you to list yourself as “ Safe and Well .”
- Mark yourself “safe” on Facebook
- AT&T is allowing unlimited talk, text and data access to all customers in Southern California.
- Join the Beyond Type 1 app for iOS + Android (also accessible on desktop) – connect with other individuals and families impacted by Type 1 diabetes. The “Find Members Near Me” feature can be especially helpful for finding folks who may be able to support with everything from stress to supplies.
- Lyft is offering free rides to people in the areas. Dial 2-1-1 for assistance.
- Airbnb hosts are providing free rooms in Ventura and Butte county until November 29.
- The City of Rolling Hills Estates is accepting horses affected by the Woolsey fire.
If you are seeking ways to help
- Donate insulin + test strips – Insulin For Life USA aids those living with diabetes by supplying life-saving insulin and other supplies. In order to continue to provide emergency supplies, Insulin for Life is specifically requesting the following:
Insulin (unopened, not expired)
Test strips (of any variety)
Send supplies to:
5745 SW 75th Street, #116
Gainesville, Florida 32608
- Organizations are on the ground with food, water, and other relief supplies. You can donate by clicking here.
- United Way - The Southern California Disaster Relief Fund will support our low-income neighbors whose lives and livelihoods are affected by the current wildfires in Southern California
Please note that many shelters have sufficient supplies. Monetary donations may be best, as families can use them to purchase what they need.