Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 07:00

Fires have terrorized Californians in the last several weeks, and various organizations from the private and public sectors have responded by offering an array of resources to help those who have been injured or displaced.

One resource comes from software company Socrata: a map of available Federal Emergency Management Agency shelters and open homes. The map has a search bar where a user can enter an address, at which point the map zooms in on that location, revealing any nearby places of refuge. 

Socrata’s map is populated with private rooms, houses and apartments form Airbnb's Open Homes program.

There are numerous online disaster relief funds for victims in California. The California Fire Foundation has its Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program, which provides timely money to victims in the short term for critical items like food, clothing and first aid. The money is put on $250 SAVE gift cards that are then distributed by frontline firefighters. 

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