With the increasing frequency and intensity of wildfires in the region, it is clear that communities will continue to face risks and damages due to extreme weather.
Your credit union employees and members are our top concern in these trying times. We understand the gravity of the situation and are here to provide you with essential information and resources to help prepare for wildfires and to support those who might be impacted.
If you’d like to add a resource or share what your credit union is doing to meet your membership and community needs, please email Carmen Vigil.
Eastern Washington Wildfire Resources
As wildfires continue to burn in Eastern Washington, we recognize the growing urgency to serve and respond to your employees, members, and the larger community impacted by the devastation. GoWest is here to help.
Spokane County Resources for Wildfire Victims (Aug. 20)
FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight the Gray and Oregon Fires in Washington (Aug. 20)
Washington State Emergency & Disaster Management
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
FEMA Wildfire Actions
GoWest Foundation Disaster Relief Fund
Wildfires often displace credit union employees and directors from their homes. GoWest can help with unexpected costs incurred due to displacement or damage from natural disasters. The GoWest Disaster Relief Fund provides up to $1,500 per person to cover expenses including lodging, fuel, food, and property replacement. Access to the fund is activated in response to regional disasters. To expedite getting emergency funds to those impacted by wildfires, the fund remains active and open for the entirety of the wildfire season. Disaster relief is also available to credit unions in the event branches or operations are affected.
Requests for assistance may come from a credit union’s leadership team, or directly from employees or board members. For more information, please contact GoWest Executive Director Sharee Adkins, or access the fund application here. The Foundation’s goal is to make the process as seamless as possible during a difficult time.Learn More
Preparing your Credit Union, Employees, & Members
These resources may help prepare your workplace, employees, members, and your family for a wildfire or other natural disaster.
Monitor Active Wildfires
These sites update wildfires in the region and provide evacuation and other emergency information:
- U.S. Government Active Wildfires Map
- U.S. Government Ready Site
- Bureau of Land Management – Idaho Information
- Bureau of Land Management – Oregon and Washington Information