Contributing to the Los Angeles Firefighting EffortJohn Vincent
Premium Sign Solutions supports the community’s effort against the wildfires raging across the greater Los Angeles area, blazes that have resulted in the mobilization of a thousand firefighters and the evacuation of numerous citizens. In these circumstances, everyone has to pitch in since we’re all in the same boat and every little bit helps. Even our sign-making expertise plays a role, as the evacuation and identification map signs we manufacture assist both civilians and the brave fire-fighters putting themselves at risk to stop the ferocious fires and ensure everyone’s safety.
With the dry winds of winter contributing to, and exacerbating, the region’s conflagrations, as explained by this LA Times article, the situation may very well worsen. According to the Washington Post, the largest blaze is “expanding across a region almost as big as the city of Orlando.”
According to officials, the largest fire, called the Thomas Fire, “tore across 65,000 acres by Wednesday morning, and the blaze destroyed hundreds of homes, threatened 12,000 structures and forced 27,000 people to evacuate.” Most of the evacuees are left wondering whether their homes are among the destroyed ones.
How to Help
Everyone can help in their own way, to support locals at risk, evacuees in dire straits, and the courageous firefighters and emergency personnel at the front lines. Our emergency signs do play a role, but there are many other ways to contribute. ABC7 outlines how to support Southern California fire relief efforts. The recommendations include:
- Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation to the Thomas Fire Fund
- Donate water, snacks to help displaced residents
- Donate, volunteer with the Red Cross
- Donate gently used clothing, Christmas gifts for families displaced
- Donate cash or supplies to the Humane Society of Ventura County
- Support Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation’s disaster relief
Stay Safe, Everyone
Let’s all hope for the best while being prepared for any eventuality. For those in or around the affected areas, be sure to keep yourselves updated on the latest news and status reports in the event the fires spread further or change directions. Keeping ourselves out of harm’s way is another way to help firefighters and emergency personnel who already have their hands full.