Response Updates

Convoy of Hope Responds to California Camp Fire

USA Reported by Convoy of Hope

March 22, 2019 | 10:15 a.m.

PARADISE, CA — Convoy of Hope continues to serve the city of Paradise, California, through clean water. They are sending two tractor-trailer loads of bottled water each week. The water Convoy provides is one of the main water sources for the city as families work to rebuild their lives.

December 6, 2018 | 8:25 a.m.

PARADISE, CA — Convoy of Hope continues to respond to the deadly Camp Fire that raged through the city of Paradise, California. The fire claimed 85 lives, making it the sixth deadliest fire in U.S. history. Eleven people are still reported missing.

Since the fire started on November 8, Convoy of Hope has distributed food, water and relief supplies to more than 20,000 people affected by the fire. To date, 243 volunteers have given 1,480 hours of their time to aid Convoy in our efforts.

“Convoy is committed to the communities reeling from this catastrophe and is actively working with local partners to make sure residents needs are met,” says Senior Director of U.S. Response Stacy Lamb. According to Lamb, the city of Paradise is still inaccessible to the public, but Convoy is continuing to help those who are living temporarily in nearby areas.

Convoy’s involvement in Paradise, California, will continue for the foreseeable future. Once access to Paradise resumes, plans are in place to partner with what is understood to be the only surviving church in Paradise.

November 23, 2018 | 3 p.m.

In response to Northern California’s Camp Fire, Convoy of Hope has shipped more than 300,000 pounds of product to California and has served more than 16,000 individuals.

As of November 21, 79 lives have been claimed by the fire. The number of deaths is expected to increase as authorities continue to search for the more than 800 people who are unaccounted for. The wildfire has been confirmed as the deadliest in California’s history. It has burned more than 140,000 acres and destroyed 10,321 structures.

Before the start of the Camp Fire, Convoy of Hope already had product in California from our response to the Redding Fire earlier this year. Our partners in the area had immediate access to bottled water and cots for distribution. Supplies being distributed by Convoy of Hope include food, water, blankets, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, masks, blankets, and cots.

November 15, 2018 | 4:30 p.m.

The Camp Fire has become the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. The fire has killed at least 56 people, and it’s expected this number will increase as search efforts for more than 130 missing people continue.

Convoy of Hope has deployed multiple tractor-trailer loads of supplies and has procured product locally to support individuals in need during this difficult time. Convoy is working with local partners and churches to distribute the supplies to shelters, individuals, and neighborhoods via our distribution hub in Chico, California.

According to Convoy of Hope’s National Spokesperson, Jeff Nene, Convoy is committed to providing resources for weeks to come. “We have responded with water, food, cots, blankets, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, and masks. Convoy is committed to providing resources and help for the foreseeable future.”

November 9, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

CHICO, CA — Three separate wildfires are spreading across California, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Some areas, like Paradise, California, are completely devastated. Local and national news outlets have reported the fast-moving Camp Fire is spreading at the rate of 80 football fields per minute.

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is sending supplies to our hub in Chico, California. Supplies include food, water, blankets, hygiene items, and cleaning kits. The product will be distributed to shelters or directly to individuals who have been affected by the fires.

Jeff Nene, Convoy of Hope’s National Spokesperson, says, “We currently have product in California from our response to the Redding Fire earlier this year. Our partners in the area have immediate access to bottled water and cots and can start distributing them as needed to help those affected by the fires.”


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