As part of our mission to provide victim assistance, the California Fire Foundation's Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program provides emergency short-term financial assistance to fire and natural disaster victims. Through SAVE, frontline firefighters in California provide gift cards, in the amount of $250, to eligible victims of fires or other natural disasters so they may purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.
Fires and natural disasters not only wreak havoc on the emotional state of its victims, but also their financial state. Often left with just the clothes on their back, victims often find themselves panicked, with no money, nowhere to sleep and little more than the clothes on their backs. While other resources may become available for long-term recovery, the first 24 hours following a disaster often leave people with no help when they need it most.
By working with the fire departments who are the first on the scene in a disaster situation, the SAVE program brings immediate assistance to victims to help them through the aftermath. Whether it is a house fire that leaves a home unlivable or a large-scale disaster that leaves thousands of people displaced, SAVE is a fast-acting relief program that puts direct aid in the hands of people who have been affected by disaster.
Through the expansion of the SAVE program throughout California, the Foundation will equip fire departments to provide immediate assistance for a variety of disasters in their communities. As the threat of deadly wildfire grows in California, additional funding will allow for greater response to large-scale disasters.