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NorCal cares about our communities. Access to communication in times of disasters is critical to getting important information out to each and every member of the community. We are saddened for everyone impacted by the awful fires that have engulfed Butte County and the surrounding areas. This message is intended to reach out to our deaf and hard of hearing community members that may be impacted by the fires. If you know anyone that lives nearby or is impacted, please share this message!

WHERE TO GET CURRENT INFORMATION
First, please watch for daily briefings from the Butte County Sherriff, CalFire, and CalOES website and social media accounts. Butte County will have a daily press briefing at 6:01pm, with a sign language interpreter. These briefings are livestreamed on their Facebook page.

Butte County Sherriff
https://www.facebook.com/bcsonews/
Twitter : @ButteSheriff

CalFIRE
http://www.fire.ca.gov/
Twitter : @CAL_FIRE

CalOES
http://www.caloes.ca.gov/
Twitter : @CAL_OES

These social media pages will give you the most recent updates and messages including areas currently on fire, areas that are burned, how much is controlled, and critical evacuation messages. Also included are important messages about road closures and what roads that may be open in case an evacuation is needed. It is recommended that you sign up for alerts through the Butte County website.

Butte County alerts and evacuation routes – (Emergency Mass Notification sign up)
Sign up for incident updates at: http://tinyurl.com/2018campfire
Current list of resources at: http://www.buttecounty.net

Various local news channels are also livestreaming the daily press briefings. KCRA 3 and Live Action News usually has an up close view of an ASL interpreter during live press briefings and announcements.

INFORM LOVED ONES YOU ARE SAFE and FIND LOVED ONES WHO WERE EVACUATED
Second, stay connected to friends and loved ones impacted by the fires by using the Red Cross “Safe and Well” program. To stay connected to friends and loved ones that may be impacted we encourage evacuees to register yourself with the Red Cross Safe and Well website. This website is also for people to find loved ones evacuated from their homes. All evacuees are encouraged to register regardless if you are in a shelter or safe at a friend or loved ones house in another city. This also helps local authorities to know you are safe if someone reports you missing.

Red Cross Safe and Well
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

If you are still not able to located loved ones, please contact the BCSO at (530) 538-7322 to request a welfare check or file a missing person’s report.

SHELTERS
Thirdly, information about shelters. If you are a deaf or hard of hearing evacuees in a shelter, make sure to notify the shelter manager if you need a VP or an ASL interpreter so you may have the access you need.

Additionally, if any deaf of hard of hearing need translation of any printed documents that you see or receive into ASL, please let us know. It is important that our community members get clear directives and information.

If you experience any difficulties or would like assistance, please contact NorCal, we are here for you. We can be reached in the following ways:
Email : commmgrs@norcalcenter.org
HQ VP: (916) 933-3353
V/TTY: (916) 349-7500
Yuba City VP: (530) 763-1537

We are happy to help and support our community! Please continue to watch our Facebook page for more information. Thank you!!

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