Foundation SAVE Cards Aid Napa Earthquake Victims

Napa City firefighters, working round the clock since early Sunday morning, are offering an extra helping hand for families hit hardest by this weekend’s 6.0 earthquake.

Through a partnership with the California Fire Foundation, Napa firefighters are offering the new Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) cards to those whose homes suffered significant damage in Sunday’s quake.

The SAVE cards provide immediate on-the-scene aid to individuals and families whose residences sustain more than a 25 percent loss in a fire or other natural disaster. Issued by battalion chiefs coordinating the response to an incident, the $100 SAVE cards allow families some critical short-term assistance at a time of trial.

“In 20 terrifying seconds, the sudden violence of last Sunday’s earthquake upended the lives of many Napa residents,” said Lou Paulson, chair of the California Fire Foundation. “The SAVE program offers firefighters a way to provide some immediate comfort to those who may have been displaced from their homes.”

The Napa City Fire Department is one of 29 departments throughout California that have partnered with their employees and the California Fire Foundation to provide the unique direct assistance service. The Foundation provides funding for the SAVE cards, supported by a major grant from Chevron.

“The SAVE cards is not a substitute for the aid provided by the Red Cross or for state or federal disaster assistance programs,” noted Paulson. “It’s just a way for firefighters who are on the scene to help disaster victims get through a night with a hot meal, or some fresh clothes.”

“We’re proud to partner with Napa City Fire Department and Napa City Firefighters Local 3124 in offering a modest ‘arm around the shoulder’ to those touched by this weekend’s tragedy.”

The California Fire Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing support to fallen firefighters, their families and the communities they protect.