California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County due to the Thomas Fire, in San Diego County due to the Lilac Fire, and in Los Angeles County due to the Creek and Rye Fires. Additionally, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Eric D. Hargan declared that the wildfires ravaging much of the state posed a public health emergency effective December 4. This declaration helps ensure that people who rely on Medicare and Medicaid continue to have access to care and it gives healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response and and recovery from the latest California wildfires. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted Federal, state, and local governments and organizations.
Key National Resources
Key California Resources