Northern California Wildfire Help


Last updated 11/13/18, 2 p.m. ET

For the latest information on the current information please visit California Wildfires.

In a life-threatening situation

  • Call 911 – due to the heavy volume of calls, be sure to stay on the line until your call can be answered.


  • Find up to date information – including evacuation information – from Cal Fire HERE.
  • Identify the nearest shelter and evacuate as soon as it is mandatory
  • The Red Cross is encouraging you to list yourself as Safe and Well.”
  • Mark yourself “safe” on Facebook
  • Join the Beyond Type 1 app for iOS + Android (also accessible on desktop) – connect with other individuals and families impacted by Type 1 diabetes. The “Find Members Near Me” feature can be especially helpful for finding folks who may be able to support with everything from stress to supplies.

Type 1 diabetes reminders for natural disasters

  • Identify yourself as someone who has diabetes
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep emergency supplies with you to treat hypoglycemia
  • Secure insulin If you can get to a pharmacy, it’s the best way to access your medicines or get emergency supplies.
  • For Medtronic customers, contact the toll-free Medtronic Storm Hotline at 1-800-MiniMed, ext. 64545.

If you are seeking ways to help

  • Donate insulin + test strips – Insulin For Life USA aids those living with diabetes by supplying life-saving insulin and other supplies. In order to continue to provide emergency supplies, Insulin for Life is specifically requesting the following:

Insulin (unopened, not expired)

Test strips (of any variety)

Send supplies to:

5745 SW 75th Street, #116

Gainesville, Florida 32608

(352) 327-8649

  • Organizations are on the ground with food, water, and other relief supplies. You can donate by clicking here.

Please note that many shelters have sufficient supplies. Monetary donations may be best, as families can use them to purchase what they need. 

To read more on natural disaster preparation.