Recovering from disasters of this magnitude can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Since the fires, the Red Cross has worked alongside a wide range of partners, including government agencies, non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and others, to coordinate relief and recovery efforts for people with unmet needs.
As people began to recover, trained case workers met with impacted individuals and families, giving them a chance to share their most urgent needs and ask questions. They helped affected residents create individual recovery plans and locate available services and resources to get back on their feet.
In some situations, the Red Cross provided financial support for needs like apartment deposits, clothes and food, or to cover immediate transportation expenses. Today, we are also using donated dollars to provide additional financial assistance to households that need extra help and to provide grants for community-based recovery services.