Healthcare Ready is ENGAGED for the 2020 wildfire season. This means that we are in close communication with private and public sector partners to monitor wildfires and recovery efforts in the Western U.S. We’re also standing ready to assist.
This page contains updates to provide situational awareness around wildfires as they occur as well as free resources and state-specific information information to assist healthcare facilities, communities, and individuals prepare for and respond to wildfires.
Support for the Healthcare Sector and Communities
Healthcare Ready provides support to healthcare and communities during disasters. Specific assistance includes:
Rapid access to the right contacts in the private sector or government
Coordination with federal, state and local officials, nonprofits and shelters to ensure coordination and assistance with access to medicine
Coordination with HHS, FEMA, state EOCs, and private sector companies
Assistance with donations to shelters
Facilitating access to healthcare facilities to ensure deliveries and personnel have access into restricted areas or with resuming operations
Sharing information and promoting the use of medicine assistance programs
FEMA issued a Major Disaster Declaration on August 22 for the California Wildfires, covering an incident period beginning August 14. The declaration affects the following counties: Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.
Three additional counties (Plumas, Butte, and Yuba) are eligible for Public Assistance.
Governor Newsom issued a statewide State of Emergency on August 18 due to fires and extreme heat conditions.
Governor Newsom also declared a State of Emergency for specific counties affected by fires including Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Bernardino, San Diego and Siskiyou.
Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency for Napa, Sanoma, and Shasta Counties on September 28.
Prescription Refill Guidance:
California: Under the 2007 California Health and Safety Code, a prescription for a non-schedule II drug may be refilled without authorization from the prescriber if the prescriber is unavailable and if the pharmacist believes that not refilling would be a hazard to the patient’s health. The refill should only be a reasonable amount that can sustain the patient until the prescriber can be reached.
FEMA declared an Emergency on September 10 for the Oregon Wildfires, covering an incident period beginning September 8. The Declaration affects the following counties: Tillamook, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Lincoln, Jefferson, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Jackson, and Klamath.
On August 19, Governor Brown issued Executive Order No. 20-35, proclaiming a statewide State of Emergency due to the imminent threat of wildfire.
Subsequently, on September 9, Governor Brown issued Executive Order No. 20-41, invoking the Emergency Conflagration Act statewide due to the ongoing fires and statewide threat of fire.
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About Healthcare Ready:
Healthcare Ready is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by both public and private sector partners that works to ensure patient access to healthcare, including medicines, during times of disaster.