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As we move into the seventh day of the Woolsey fire, you may receive questions from the community. There is great information available on the LA County website, is updated regularly as information becomes available. 

Residents and business owners who sustained losses can begin applying for FEMA aid now. Register online at

Safety information for those returning home can be found at:

While Santa Monica is not directly impacted, many of our concerned community members want to know how they can help. City Hall and Fire Station location in Santa Monica are not accepting donations at this time and recommend that they make monetary contributions to the following local non-profits:

Take action to prepare your family, organization, or community on what we can expect in our next catastrophic disaster, be it earthquake, or another event.  This is in line with the Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management's mantra of:
                 1) Get a kit, 2) Have a plan, and 3) Be informed. 

These basic steps should provide people with the means to cope in a disaster and become part of the response and recovery that our communities will surely need.  (click on the Preparedness tab)




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The images on the news of disaster events are moving all of us to want to assist in some way.  It is important to know that the best way to assist those affected is to donate money to a reputable relief organization.  Donating clothes and other goods is less effective due to the need to logistical demands this puts on relief agencies to sort, clean, and deliver such goods.  Donations to reputable relief organizations put much needed money back in to the affected community and can be better used to address specific needs of each community.
Please take a moment this week to check your emergency supplies, update your contact information, sign up to receive community emergency alerts, and take the next 3-Saturday Santa Monica CERT class.  For more information on being prepared, please visit the various tabs on this OEM website.













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