Operation USA, an organization that focuses on alleviating poverty as well as responding to emergencies and disasters, will be providing relief to those fighting the wildfires that have been raging in Southern California this week. San Diego alone has had over 9 wildfires breakout in the last few days and, while some progress has been made to contain them, the high temperatures and winds have exacerbated the situation and hindered efforts to put them out.
Here’s the press release Operation USA put out this morning on how they’re contributing to relief efforts throughout Southern California:
Relief agency to distribute 1,000+ N95 particulate filtering masks in fire areas
Los Angeles, Calif., May 15, 2014 – Operation USA today announced that it will distribute more than 1,000 N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators to those fighting and recovering from wildfires sweeping Southern California this week. The masks, which were stored at the Operation USA warehouse in the Port of Los Angeles, will aid individuals in the affected areas by preventing the inhalation of ash and other dangerous toxins.
As of 1:00 p.m. ET Thursday dozens of fires, fueled by extreme dry heat and high winds, have burned upwards of 10,000 in San Diego County alone, with further damage across Southern California. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from areas where fires have broken out, with thousands of homes losing power–many suffering fire damage.
The N95 masks will be delivered to partner agencies and fire departments aiding relief efforts as soon as possible.
Operation USA previously aided wildfire relief in 2007 with the provision of supplies and cash grants to local agencies serving fire victims.
To donate to Operation USA’s ongoing relief efforts around the world, click here.
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