Friday, May 16, 2014

Federation Responds to the Fires of San Diego County

Dear Jewish Community,

We here at Federation have been working tirelessly to mobilize the Jewish community in response to the fires that have devastated many parts of San Diego County. Throughout the past week, Federation convened conference calls with a diverse group of synagogue, agency and other community leaders to address the needs of those whose lives have been turned upside down by these horrific fires. Collaborative efforts amongst our community partners are underway to serve those affected. 
  • Federation has created a community text service that will allow us to communicate emergency information to those who sign-up. Text the words “SanDiegoFire” to 51818 and you will receive an automated reply indicating that you have successfully signed-up for this service. As key information becomes available, we will share with you it via this text service.
  • You can install the San Diego County emergency app that provides updates on evacuations, open shelters, where to find help and latest developments.
  • You can contact Jewish Family Service to learn about available temporary housing.
  • Victims with damaged or destroyed homes in the unincorporated areas of the county now have a place to go for help as they rebuild their lives. The County has opened a Recovery Liaison Office at the County Library’s San Marcos branch, located at 2 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos 92069. The Office will be open daily from 7:00am to 5:00pm and offers help to obtain building permits, clear ash from swimming pools, safely handle food after a power outage and provide other recovery and rebuilding information. A behavioral health specialist will also be available. Stop by the Office or visit for more information. 
·         Emergency Shelters are open as of Friday in the following locations:
o    Escondido High School, 1435 N. Broadway, Escondido (accommodating pets)
o    Mission Hills High School, 1 Mission Hills Court, San Marcos (accommodating pets)
o    Calavera Hills Community Center, 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad
o    Las Costa Canyon High School, 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad

On behalf of Federation’s Board and President/CEO Michael Sonduck, we extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to everyone in our community for their collaborative and compassionate spirit during this very challenging week. 

To all of San Diego, may you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and pleasant weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Don Schlesinger
Senior Director, Community Partnerships


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