Latest News for Southern California Wildfires

A message from Arlene Peasnall, senior vice president, Human Resources, KFHP/H, Southern California, and Annie Russell, RN, chief operating officer, SCPMG, announcing the availability of emergency assistance for employees and physicians affected by Southern California’s wildfires:

The Holy Fire, which started on August 6 in Orange County’s Trabuco Canyon area, has extended into Riverside County burning 3,399 acres. The fire is at 5 percent containment and has caused mandatory evacuations.

Members of our Kaiser Permanente family may have been evacuated from their neighborhoods, and we want to let employees and physicians affected by the fire know they are in our thoughts and we will ensure their access to Kaiser Permanente’s assistance and support programs throughout the wildfire season.

During this time of need we are offering several forms of emergency assistance for our people who have been touched by this disaster. Our hope is that these resources will offer individuals and families the help they need to cope with the difficulties and destruction this fire has created. If you have been affected by the Holy Fire, here are links to information about Kaiser Permanente’s Disaster Assistance Program:

2018 Wildfire Disaster Assistance Program:
(Note: Individuals using this program are responsible for all tax or liabilities imposed upon them.)

Promissory Note Template:
(This is information about emergency assistance loans detailed in the Wildfire Disaster Assistance Program.)

Employee Assistance Program
Some of us may be either personally impacted or know of someone who is affected by the wildfire. If you need additional support, please use the services of KP’s Employee Assistance Program. EAP counselors are licensed, trained clinicians who can assist with a wide range of work and personal issues. Click here for a list of EAP counselors by location.

Reminder: Safeguard Your Health
It’s important to take precautions to stay healthy if you or your family are in an area being impacted by the current fire — especially those with respiratory conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We recommend that you:

  • Stay indoors and keep your windows closed (unless instructed otherwise).
  • Use “controller” steroid inhalers (like QVAR) as prescribed.
  • Use “quick relief” inhalers to help with shortness of breath.
  • If you have oxygen, use it if you have difficulty breathing.
  • Turn on your air conditioner to see if it helps, especially if it’s central air. If you have a window A/C unit, make sure the filter is clean.
  • Use fans in each room to help move the air in your house.

Click here for more tips provided by the American Red Cross on heat safety measures, responding during a heat wave, and heat-related illnesses.

We will provide updates on any new developments, along with information about assistance programs, related to the Holy Fire.

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