San Diego Fires – Volunteering and Staying Safe

23 10 2007

The following information was forwarded to me by Bixi B. Craig, the publisher of the Lavender Lens. I thought it was good information, so I wanted to share it with you. It covers:

  • How to Help
  • Tips
  • Where to Donate
  • How to Volunteer
  • If You Live Near a Fire (including what to pack)

Here is the LGBT Center Action Alert:

How to Help During the Fires

As the wildfires continue to rage in San Diego County, The Center wants to make sure our community knows how to access assistance if they need it, how to donate to and support relief efforts.

At The Center, our hearts and thoughts go out to all those who have been impacted by the fires, and to the brave men and women who are courageously fighting these difficult fires.


  • Everyone is encouraged to stay home during this emergency if possible.
  • Remain indoors and reduce physical activity to avoid any effects of smoke inhalation
  • Avoid using cellular phones – emergency response crews need access to the cellular signals to help coordinate their efforts.
  • If you receive an emergency evacuation order by phone or broadcast by public safety officials, EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. Do not delay or attempt to assist emergency response crews.

If You Need Help

To Donate to Relief Efforts

The public is encouraged to donate the following items in support of support of fire evacuation relief efforts at Qualcomm Stadium. All donations should be delivered to Gate P at the stadium. In order to keep roadways clear, everyone is encouraged to make their donations quickly and to return home directly. Items needed are:

  • Pre-packaged food
  • Water
  • Tents
  • Cots
  • Blankets
  • Toiletries

Donations of non-perishable food items may be made at the San Diego Food Bank. For more information, contact the Food Bank at (858) 527-1419 or

Imperial CourtIn addition, donations of water, tents, cots and blankets can be dropped off at The Center, 3909 Centre St. The Imperial Court de San Diego has generously offered to collect these items and distribute them to local shelters and other fire relief efforts.

If you have questions about The Imperial Court de San Diego’s fire relief efforts, please contact Angel Cordero at (619) 387-6782.

To Volunteer

211 San Diego is looking for volunteers to take on shifts to answer phones. If you are able to assist, or if you would like more information on how you can help, please contact Megan at (858) 300-1240.

You can find additional volunteer opportunities at:

If You Live Near a Fire Area

If the fires have not hit your area but are nearby, you might want to do a little planning and packing now.

First — and only if you have the luxury of time — take photos or videos of each of your rooms. This way, if the worse happens, you will have something to show to your insurance company. And you will have a keepsake.

Here’s what to pack:

  • Medications
  • A few changes of clothing, toiletries and cash — maybe even some stuffed animals for the kids
  • Pets — make sure you know exactly where they are and set up the pet carrier by the front door
  • Eyeglasses
  • As many important documents as you can grab, including birth certificates, passport, financial papers, insurance forms, mortgage papers, your car’s pink slip, banking-account numbers, vital medical prescriptions and any savings bonds or certificates
  • Receipts for valuables, appliances and furniture (if you keep receipts in one place and can grab them quickly)
  • Key to your safety deposit box
  • Family photos
  • Address book or phone numbers for your insurance agent, mortgage lender, doctor and family and friends
  • Car and house keys



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