Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The disastrous wildfires currently raging in several Eastern and Central Washington locations have the full attention of all of us here in the Spokane area. The resulting loss of life, property and hazardous air quality will impact thousands of people long after the fires have been extinguished.
In light of the immediate needs many in our community will require, I wanted to send you a quick note highlighting where to find up-to-date information from state and local agencies. Emergency proclamations by the governor and Spokane County Commissioners over the weekend will make more relief resources available to those in need. I will provide updates to those resources as they become available. Meanwhile, the following links may be of assistance to you, a family member, or a neighbor. Please feel free to share with anyone who may benefit.
- The Department of Social and Human Services’ Washington Connection offers a way to find and apply for a variety of services and assistance online. By entering basic household information, Washington Connection will let you know what state, federal or local programs or services you or your family may qualify for. As always, you may apply in person at a local CSO (DSHS Office Locator) or by calling the Customer Services Contact Center at 877-501-2233.
- Department of Ecology – Wildfire Smoke Information
- Washington’s Air Quality Network – Air Monitoring Program
- Department of Natural Resources – Wildfire Incident Information
- Washington Department of Transportation – Real Time Travel Map
- Washington State Department of Health – Emergencies
- The Washington Emergency Management Division
Spokane County resources:
- Spokane County Emergency Management
- Spokane County
- Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
- Emergency Alert and Warning Notifications for Spokane County: Register for ALERT Spokane
Again, state and local authorities are doing all they can to assist in relief efforts and it’s my hope that this email provides more information that may be of some use in that regard. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any difficulty contacting a state agency for assistance.