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We are now into our 35th hour of liveblogging this nightmarish disaster.  Our focus has been to give real time information to those in SoCal who need it.

There are links below to information sites to be used by residents only, and links to donation sites to give some tangible aid to Californians and their animals.

Liveblogging continued below.

******California roll call
(Liveblog's Roll Call for California-based Kos-sers)

SAN DIEGO AUTHORITIES (via CNN): IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA OF A FIRE, CALL '211' RE: UP-TO-MINUTE INFORMATION FOR EVACUATION! NOTE: Previous diaries in this series have reported that the 211 contact number is swamped. I'm leaving it in here, nonetheless.

Free Phone Services
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO & AP)  -- One phone company is helping you communicate with your loved ones during this fire emergency for free.  AT&T California will provide free voicemail and forwarding features for the next 30 days for displaced existing customers and small businesses.
The Line Connection Fee will be waived for customers whoe need to hook up a temporary landline.
Here are the numbers to get more information: - Residential Customers: 877.722.6787 - Small Business: 800.750.2355

And Verizon is offering free call forwarding

Mayor Sanders is asking for licensed doctors and nurses to relieve current medical staff at Qualcomm Stadium. Licensed personnel willing to volunteer for an 8-10 hour shift are asked to report to Gate "A" at Qualcomm Stadium.

Also there is a call out for certified teachers

Prior to volunteering please register at volunteersandiego

Try text messaging rather than cellphone calls, since texting uses far less network resources. Text messages might go through when cell calls won't. However, to reach 911, you have to make a phone call - it's my understanding that texting to 911 won't work until the next generation of network infrastructure/software is developed/released.

Text messages can be pricey depending on the plan you have with your cellphone service provider, but should be used during emergencies to limit stress on resources.

LiveBlog Volunteer List:

 1. Miss Blue -- Mothership I

 2. gchaucer2  Liveblog II

 3. Steve Singiser  Liveblog III

 4. Moody Loner  Liveblog IV

 5. condoleaser  Liveblog V

 6. Remembering Jello  Liveblog VI

 7. va dare  Liveblog VII

 8. 4Freedom  Liveblog VIII

 9. Marcus Tullius  Liveblog IX

  1. joanneleon  Liveblog X

The One and Only Current Mothership by Liveblog RECOMMEND THIS DIARY ONLY

  1. brklyngrl Liveblog XI
  1. SallyCat  Liveblog XII
  1. Karen Wehrstein
  1. LYCHEE  Liveblog XIV
  1. jancw  Live Blog XV
  1. gchaucer2 (you are here)
  1. gizmo59
  1. TheMomCat
  1. Pucklady
  1. Remembering Jello
  1. lineatus
  1. condoleaser
  1. Ninepatch
  1. Pluto
  1. Over the Edge
  1. jeremybloom
  1. creeper
  1. Moody Loner

Sorry, I didn't have time to update all the links, you'll hafta work off of the Mothership list and update from there.  Thanks to all previous bloggers for their input. We have put together much good information with the help of many hands.

Reminders from from the previous diaries:

Please no pictures or frivilous comments. We are here to aid our brothers and sisters in SoCal and provide links and updates for them and the community. Confine your remarks to the SoCal fires and keep them helpful. Thanks

Emergency Info:
Today's LA Times Google Map
Witch Fire Google Map
San Diego County Emergency Homepage
Fox6 San Diego Wildfire and Evac Info
211 San Diego
SignOnSanDiegonote from Lychee: I've been having trouble getting to the main SignOnSanDiego page, but their Blogspot page has been working]
California Fire News
CHS Traffic Info
Santa Clarita Emergency Page
Camp Pendleton

For those of you interested in the Arrowhead Area

Helpful Telephone Numbers:

Phone Numbers h/t Calitics
San Diego Community Access: 619-570-1070
Irvine: 714-628-7085
Santa Clarita Evacuations: 661-295-6366
US Forest Line: 626-574-5208
Animal Evacuations: 818-991-0071
Malibu: 310-456-2489
Riverside: 909.988.3650
Buckweek, Canyon Fire: 323-881-2411
Coronado Hills Fire: 619-590-3160
Grass Valley Fire: 909-383-5688
Harris, Rice, McCoy Fire: 619-590-3160
Ranch Fire: 626-574-5208
Roca Fire: 951-940-6985
Santiago Fire: 714-573-6200
Sedgewick Fire: 805-681-5546
Slide and Witch: Fire 619-590-3160

Horses - from a previous thread: Fiesta Island has room for horses. Food and water are provided, but owners must stay with the horses.

ANIMAL RESCUE NUMBERS: 760-735-0448  OR 760-789-5755
This group will get trailers, and help rescue left behind animals.

For those interested in following events on the radio, please try:
KLSD 1360 AM San Diego
KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles

Mothership 2 has a number of helpful information links.

Possibly useful websites:
Sign On San Diego (SD Tribune)
National Interagency Fire CenterGoogle is updating evacuation routes and has very current neighborhood routes
This site is from another diary and has very current neighborhood information

Links to Donate
American Red Cross
Disaster Services Profile: SoCal Wildfire
San Diego Humane Society

Evacuation tips: (from an earlier post)If you have time to pack - what to bring:

Important documents (Social Sec cards, birth certificates, passports)

Legal & financial records (Deeds, wills, bank info, insurance papers)

Address book

Irreplaceable items - photographs, heirlooms

Clothing & toiletries


Radio & flashlight

Linens, towels

Laptop,if you have one

Cell phone, camera (and chargers)

SDG&E asks that you do NOT turn off your gas when you leave unless you smell gas.

Lock up your house - they were some issues with looting during the Cedar Fire evacuations

Finally, a gentle reminder...if you are not in an area which is in fire danger today, do not call the emergency numbers or access the various websites posted earlier today in a quest for information. Leave those numbers/websites to those in true need.

Peace and blessings to the firefighters and all those threatened by the fires.

Originally posted to gchaucer2 on Tue Oct 23, 2007 at 05:14 PM PDT.


For liveblogging, see the most current California Wildfires Liveblog Mothership, which will be active in the recommended diaries during the crisis

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