Wildfire Response and Resources
Fast-moving fires are forcing thousands of our neighbors to leave their homes and businesses behind in search of safety. The Oregon Food Bank Network is on the front lines, providing emergency support — including water, food and other critical supplies — and our communities are coming together in inspirational ways to support each other.
Though some locations have been impacted by the wildfires, the vast majority of pantries and meal sites remain open during this ongoing crisis. Find food assistance and other community resources through the links below.
Disaster Food Benefits (DSNAP)
If you live in one of eight Oregon Counties impacted by wildfires, DSNAP is available to help you buy food for you and your family. You should apply if your home was damaged or lost, you lost work or wages, or had other disaster related expenses. You must apply online. Applications are open through Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Oregon Wildfire Resources
The Office of Emergency Management’s online hub includes an interactive map of wildfires and hotspots, road closures, air quality updates and more.
Support Disaster Relief
Your donation helps local families, farmers, ranchers and first responders who have been affected by wildfires throughout the region.
Find Emergency Shelter
If fire has forced you to evacuate your home, shelters are open and available. Food and shelter are provided at no cost. Find a shelter near you.
Monitor Wildfire Smoke
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning material. The gases and fine particles can be dangerous if inhaled — especially for children, older adults, and people with heart disease, asthma and other breathing conditions.
Recovering from Wildfires
Wildfires can be particularly stressful because the factors that influence their strength and direction can change at any moment. It is common for people who have lived through these circumstances to experience strong emotions. The American Psychological Association offers guidance on how to help your loved ones cope with disaster.
Trauma: Tips for Coping
How people respond to trauma varies somewhat from person to person. Individual factors such as how you usually handle stressful situations and what kind of support you have both at work and in your personal life may influence both your short- and long-term reactions. Cascade EAP offers an accessible guide to dealing with traumatic events.
Food Industry Support Needed
Bulk non-perishables, water and other critical supplies are needed in communities affected by wildfires — especially shelf-stable, culturally versatile items like rice, beans, canned vegetable/fruits, canned meats, etc. If you are a Food Industry Partner interested in donating, please reach out as soon as possible.
Disaster Response in the Midst of COVID
At Oregon Food Bank, we are committed first and foremost to the health and safety of our community — to our clients, volunteers, staff and the broader foodstream. We’re taking aggressive steps to meet the evolving needs of people facing hunger in the wake of the pandemic and worsening wildfires.
Voting if you’ve been displaced by wildfires
If you have lost your housing due to the wildfires, pandemic, or for any other reason, you can still vote. Add a temporary mailing address anywhere you get mail — including a PO Box or friend’s house.
Visit: oregonvotes.gov/myvote by October 13th.