Fritch Wildfire Donations and Tips

By Karl Wehmhoener |

Published 05/12 2014 01:10PM

Updated 05/15 2014 08:04AM

AMARILLO -- Locations and Business you can donate to to help those affected by the Wildfire. There are some businesses helping out emergency responders. 

American Council for the Blind is taking donations for wildfire victims. They are asking for clothing and toiletries. To reach them, 674-0801.

Crave Factory and Trail Boss Restaurant will be setting up on corner of Hwy 136 and Lakeview at emerg incident staging area on left side of hwy to feed people.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), homeowners should remove potential fuel sources and create a defensible zone around a home which will dramatically reduce wildfire hazards. This may help slow flames or help direct the flames away from your home during a wildfire. Allstate and IBHS also recommend homeowners do the following within 30 feet of most houses to reduce wildfire risk:
  • Eliminate fuel sources like dry landscaping, woodpiles and decks 
  • Prune trees and shrubs 
  • Trim taller trees so lowest branch is no less than six feet from the ground
  • Remove dead leaves and branches from the yard
  • Clear branches from around the roof and chimney
  • Mow lawn regularly and dispose cuttings and debris promptly
  • Clear roof, gutters and eaves of debris 
  • Maintain your irrigation systems
  • Move firewood and storage tanks at least 50 feet away from the home
  • Store flammable liquids properly

State Farm:
If State Farm customers have any questions or damage, they should call 800-SF CLAIM to get the claims process started.If you are evacuated, your insurance company may provide an advance payment to help you with additional living expenses:
  • call your insurance company for more information about your policy and additional living expenses,
  • Be sure to save receipts; all receipts for your additional living expenses - lodging, etc - for your claim representative.

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