Woolsey Fire: SoCal community offers free resources to first responders, families affected by blaze November 14, 2018

Woolsey Fire: SoCal community offers free resources to first responders, families affected by blaze November 14, 2018

Community members and companies all across the nation are rallying around those affected by the Woolsey fire, offering goods, services, and support.

Those that are stepping up to help are healthcare company American Well, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and many local businesses and individuals.

It can be hard to find regular healthcare during a natural disaster, so American Well is offering free video visits with board-certified physicians and therapists through November 26. The AmWell doctors can answer questions about asthma and other respiratory issues, as well as therapy for people with anxiety or depression. The video visits can be accessed through downloading American Well’s Amwell app (available on Android and iOS) or visiting American Well’s website for help.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is offering a 24-hour “Disaster Distress” helpline. The helpline offers confidential, multilingual counseling for people experiencing psychological distress. Call 800-985-5990 or text “Talk with Us” to 66746.

Uber is providing discounted trips to and from evacuation shelters through November 17. Use the code VENSAFE1018 to access this service.

Not to be outdone, Lyft is offering Relief Rides. People can use the code WOOLSERELIEF to get two rides up to $15 in areas impacted by the fires. The offer runs through November 18.

Airbnb is helping to find temporary housing for evacuees through its “Open Home” program, which will provide free housing to impacted residents and first responders.

Infusion Beach Club Hotel in Palm Springs has set aside three rooms for two weeks, free of charge. The hotel takes dogs, so pet owners need not worry about leaving their beloved friends behind.

Other local businesses offering support are Agoura Dental Group, which is offering free dental care and services to firefighters for the month of November; Pet Food Express stores in Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, Oxnard, and Tarzana are offering free self-service pet washes; a local photographer is offering free family photo sessions for people who have lost their homes; and many more businesses are stepping up to help evacuees and first responders.

See the full story at ABC7 News.

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