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Wildfire Relief Efforts in the Lake Chelan Valley

Incident: Chelan Complex Wildfire
Released: 8/19/2015

Wildfire Relief Efforts in the Lake Chelan Valley

Representatives from community organizations come together to discuss strategies for short and long term recovery for the valley

LAKE CHELAN, WA (August 19, 2015) — Representatives from community organizations met Tuesday afternoon to streamline the short term wildfire relief efforts and discuss strategies for long term recovery in the Lake Chelan Valley and surrounding communities.

Chelan Valley Hope has a volunteer stationed at the Red Cross Shelter, located at Morgen Owings Elementary School (407 E Woodin Ave in Chelan) to address immediate human needs of food, shelter, water and gas. The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has funneled the $12,000 raised for relief efforts thus far to Chelan Valley Hope to satisfy these short term needs. Chelan Valley Hope has a practiced and proficient intake process to prevent fraud and assist those individuals in need.

Once disaster assessment has been completed, the Red Cross will assign individual case numbers and provide access to a wider variety of resources for those individuals directly affected by the Chelan Complex Wildfire.

For individuals wanting to donate to the relief efforts, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington has set up a Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund. Donations can be made online at cfnwc.org or by calling (509) 663-7166. At this time, we are asking donors to hold off on sending physical goods while we assess specific needs.

We have identified there will be a need for volunteers in the long term recovery efforts and Chelan Valley Hope is collecting a list of individuals who would like to be contacted when these specific needs are identified.

Businesses looking for assistance in navigating insurance claims, product losses, etc., are asked to contact the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce for assistance.

Representatives from the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Chelan Valley Hope, North Central Washington Community Foundation, Historic Downtown Chelan Association, Manson Community Council, Port of Chelan County, City of Chelan and RealLife Church will continue to meet and regularly assess the short and long term needs of the Lake Chelan Valley as the community recovers from the devastating effects of the Chelan Complex Wildfire.

Resources:

· Chelan Valley Hope – (509) 888-2114, chelanvalleyhope.org, PO Box 635, Chelan, WA 98816

· Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund – (509) 663-7716, cfnwc.org, 9 S. Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801

· Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce – (509) 682-3503, lakechelan.com

About the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce: The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce has been in operation since 1924 and currently has close to 500 members. It exists to drive economic growth through leadership, advocacy and promotion that enhances the quality of life in the Lake Chelan Valley. Learn more at lakechelan.com.

Unit Information

Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
Washington
Ellensburg , WA 98926
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