Wildfires have been raging throughout Northern California, with a particularly hard-hitting impact in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. At least forty people have been killed and more than 200 people are reported missing, as firefighters continue to contain the inferno that began October 8.
So far, over 40 Teamsters lost their homes in the fires and are left with nothing.
Rome Aloise, Joint Council 7 President and Local 853 President, and Teamsters Local 665, which are right in the middle of the devastation, immediately took action by setting up a disaster relief center to distribute: water, bedding products, clothes, food, personal hygiene products, sleeping bags, toys, and other items necessary for people to just survive. The Joint Council and the Locals also set up trailers using the Joint Council truck at many of the relief centers equipped with refrigerating units donated by UPS and Horizon, so fresh food can be brought in. Initially, the relief center was set up for members, but the response for donations was so great the Local was able to open it up to the general public, so others impacted by the fires can receive the help they need.
In addition to the relief center, the Locals, JC, and the IBT, helped in purchasing gift cards that were immediately distributed to those who lost everything, and are working closely with first responders and local government to help assist in every way.
Donations are still greatly needed to help our members and retirees affected by the wildfires. Joint Councils, Local Unions and individuals can make donations directly to the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund. Credit card contributions can be made by going to Teamster's Disaster Relief webpage, here. Checks can be directed as follows:
Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund
25 Louisiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001