Tuesday, October 23, 2007

California people?

Anybody have any idea how people are doing in the area of the wildfires?

There doesn't seem to be any "official" place to drop comments about people in the writing/publishing community that you know about, so if you've got information, leave it here. I don't flatter myself that everyone reads my blog, but there's a decent amount of people who get it via RSS feed, so I assume word will get out.

I'm not turning off comment moderation, but I'll be as quick as I can, throughout the day, about releasing comments that aren't spam.

Shout out, if you've heard!


Don said...

The fires are most severe near Malibu and in the north valley/high desert area.

The L.A. Times has a good map of where the fires are at their website (http://latimes.com).

Jaden Nation said...

From my understanding most of them are leaving their homes. Supposedly more than 600 homes have already been ruined.

President Bush has declared a "state of emergency". Wonder if we'll get another Patriot Act before they get to work putting out those flames...

- Jaden Nation

Jamie said...

Try using sff.discuss.emergency to contact or ask about folks in that area. You don't have to be a member to post or access the information, but it is handy for those of us with friends in California. You'll need some kind of news reader but those are not a big hassle to install.

Jamie In Texas

Jenn Baker said...

The winds in SoCal are causing problems for the firefighters. Over 300,000 people in San Diego County alone have been evacuated from their homes due to the 7 fires that are burning there.

Governor Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency, and as of last night, was in San Diego county with his staff. In addition, the local armed services personnel are working with local firefighters and law enforcement.

I have family in the area and authorities are urging people to stay inside, due to the smoke, and to stay off their cell phones except for emergencies.

tcastleb said...

I'm in San Diego. I'm fine, I live downtown, but over 300,000 people have been evacuated, over 1,000 homes and businesses have burned, FEMA is on their way, they're still evacuating people all the way to the coast. It's largely in North County, which means the suburbs a ways north of the actual city, about 10-15 miles north of downtown. There's another big one to the south and east, going over the border.

As for authors--I don't know who all's down here. Greg van Eekhout, and he's fine in a non-evacuated area. Vinge, Brin and Benford, but I don't know exactly where they are. Evidently, if someone can get to the SFWA boards, Sheila Finch is talking about the fires, but I don't know where she is either.

But, it's nasty and sad, and for every bit of good news--policemen grabbing a bunch of pictures and stuff out of a burning house, there's equally sad things, such as 400 seniors evacuated from a home to a school gymnasium, and have no comforts at all, no blankets, beds or food. There are evacuation centers all over, the largest is Qualcomm, the football stadium, and they're getting enough of some supplies, but they still need toiletries and blankets and such. Lots of effort is being made to house animals, including horses and livestock, but they need food and supplies too.

I work at a hotel, which is full, but we set up rollaways in our ballrooms for evacuees and their pets.

All the animals at the Wild Animal Park are find, they're in fire-safe enclosures and aren't under a mandatory evacuation.

Injuries, all things considered, are still minimal; there've been two fatalities, one senior who died while being moved and one early on. About four firefighters are hurt, two seriously. We've got National Guard, marines, and firefighters from several states out here helping.

But we're being asked to conserve energy, not to use cell phones, not to go outside because of the bad air, and to stay off the highways. The city is basically shut down as much as possible. All in all, the city seems very well organized, everyone is cooperating beautifully, the Governator has been here and toured Qualcomm, Bush pledged whatever aid we needed. The news stations are doing very well, and getting lots of good callers to keep everyone posted.

There were fires here four years ago that got a lot of attention. For comparison: only 50,000 of them got evacuated. This fire is six times bigger.

But, yeah, it's sort of scary and sad here right now.

tcastleb said...

Actually--the news just updated. The seniors in the gym have been overwhelmed with support, which is good, and Qualcomm had lots and lots of pet supplies, thanks to PetCo and other donations. They've got horses and livestock there too.

Michele Lee said...

I have an important bit of info for California people...

This came to one of my lists, with permission to forward.

Apologies is the topic contravenes your list rules but in a disaster it's essential to get the word out that help is available. Please send this to anyone in the affected area. Thanks vk

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VCA Animal Hospitals Offers Free Boarding for Pets Affected by Southern
California Fires

http://www.ad- hoc-news. de/Aktie/ 127...3/SOUTHERN.HTML

VCA Animal Hospitals announced today that local SOUTHERN California VCA
facilities are offering free boarding for companion animals whose families have
been evacuated or displaced as a result of the current firestorms.
Conveniently located VCA animal hospitals will provide a safe environment for pets that
have been affected by the fires through November 5, 2007 on a space available

As thousands of families are being evacuated to shelters or facing the loss
of their homes, VCA hopes to ease their burden by offering free boarding for
pets so they can focus on the critical issues with their families and homes,?
said Art Antin, Chief Operating Officer of VCA Animal Hospitals.

Boarding assistance for pets is based on space availability at individual
VCA Animal Hospitals throughout Southern California. Pet owners can Call the
following VCA facilities that currently have space available:

Alhambra VCA Mission Animal Hospital 626-289-3643
Arroyo Grande VCA South County Animal Hospital 805-489-1361
Bellflower VCA Lakewood Animal Hospital 562-633-8126
Big Bear City VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital 909-866-2021
Burbank VCA Animal Hospital (Burbank) 818-845-7246
Canoga Park VCA Companion Animal Hospital 818-340-1569
Cypress VCA College Park - Ana Brook Animal Hospital 714-827-6861
Encinitas VCA North Coast Animal Hospital 760-632-1072
Glendale VCA Arden Animal Hospital 818-246-2478
Hermosa Beach VCA Coast Animal Hospital 310-372-8881
Hesperia VCA Victor Valley Animal Hospital 760-244-8022
La Mesa VCA Grossmont Animal Hospital 619-697-0082
Laguna Niguel VCA Aliso Viejo Animal Hospital 949-643-0437
Lake Forest VCA Saddleback Animal Hospital 949-586-4250
Lake Forest VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital 949-770-1808
Long Beach VCA Los Altos Animal Hospital 562-421-3749
Los Alamitos VCA Rossmoor-El Dorado Animal Hospital 562-598-8621
Los Angeles VCA Miller-Robertson Animal Hospital 310-657-7050
Los Angeles VCA Petville Animal Hospital 310-313-9118
Mission Viejo VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital 949-582-1220
Monrovia VCA Santa Anita Animal Hospital 626-359-3281
Palm Springs VCA Desert Animal Hospital 760-778-9999
Pasadena VCA A Breed Apart Animal Hospital 626-795-4444
Rancho Mirage VCA Rancho Mirage Animal Hospital 760-346-6103
Reseda VCA McClave Animal Hospital 818-881-5102
Ridgecrest VCA Crestwood Animal Hospital 760-446-7616
Rolling Hills Estates
VCA Silver Spur Animal Hospital310- 541-3331
San Diego VCA Angel Animal Hospital 619-291-0042
San Diego VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital 619-299-7387
San Diego VCA Main Street Animal Hospital 619-232-7401
San Diego VCA West Bernardo Animal Hospital 858-485-7570
Santa Fe Springs VCA La Mirada Animal Hospital 562-921-3539
Santa Monica VCA Santa Monica Dog and Cat Hospital 310-453-5459
Santa Monica VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital 310-828-4587
Spring Valley VCA Paradise Valley Animal Hospital 619-475-9770
Temecula VCA El Rancho Animal Hospital 951-296-3898
Torrance VCA Clarmar Animal Hospital 310-371-2474
Torrance VCA Kennel Club Resort &Spa 310-539-2201
Upland VCA Central Animal Hospital 909-981-2855
Venice VCA Marina Animal Hospital 310-306-8707
Victorville VCA Mesa Animal Hospital 760-245-0109
Woodland Hills VCA Parkwood Animal Hospital 818-884-5506

Anonymous said...

President Bush has declared a "state of emergency". Wonder if we'll get another Patriot Act before they get to work putting out those flames...

Because when people are dying and losing everything, that's the right time for you to spout off with your political beliefs. Real appropriate.

Kaytie M. Lee said...

The overwhelming support that's going on in San Diego is one good thing happening. As soon as someone mentions a need somewhere, donations come flying in.

And some places have so many volunteers that they are being turned away.

I've been writing a bit about it from my (limited but local) perspective here: