California Receives Aid from Israel as Deadly Fires Rage
IsraAID has sent a team of emergency personnel to help the victims of the blazes in California that have killed 40 and razed 5,700 homes and businesses
Ateam of seven aid workers from Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID are working in evacuation centers in California after the worst series of blazes in the state’s history. Since the fi es broke out almost a week ago, 40 people have been killed, 5,700 homes and businesses destroyed, and 100,000 people evacuated throughout the Napa Valley region. Even now, fi efi hters are struggling to control blazes that are racing towards new communities.
The Israeli team began work in Santa Rosa, California last week, and is helping to coordinate and provide relief supplies and stress management to the affected community.
“The situation on the ground is overwhelming and the need for both physical and emotional support is urgent. The loss of lives, houses and the news about Camp Newman are hard to digest,” said Yotam Politzer, coCEO of IsraAID.
IsraAID, a non-governmental organization that flies out all over the world to provide both short and long-term help in the wake of disasters, has a team based in the Bay Area of California, which is supported by the Koret Foundation.
Th y were “able to respond immediately and work side by side with our friends from Congregation Shomrei Torah
in Santa Rosa, and our partners from JFCS (who provided much needed mattresses), the SF federation, congregation Rodef Sholom, Temple Emanuel and Kol Shofar to establish a camp for children and families affected by the disaster within Shomrei Torah compound,” said Politzer.
He added that IsraAID plans to monitor the long term needs of those affected by the fi es, and provide support during the recovery process.
IsraAID has responded to a string of natural disasters in recent months, sending teams to Puerto Rico, Texas, Mexico and Dominica, following the recent fl ods and earthquake.
Some 5,700 homes and businesses have been destroyed in the fires. Photo courtesy IsraAID
Aid workers from Israeli nonprofit IsraAID offer help to victims of the deadly fires in California. Photo courtesy IsraAID