California is particularly vulnerable to fires this time of year. Your HR team is providing the information contained on this page to assist you in case you and your family are affected by a fire.
Canyon 2 Fire
The 8,000-acre Canyon Fire 2 is now 45 percent contained and full containment is expected sometime on Saturday, October 14. The blaze has destroyed 15 structures and damaged 12, according to the latest news reports. Three people have been injured. Neighborhoods north of Santiago Canyon Road and just west of Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange remain the only areas under evacuation.
Chancellor’s Emergency Fund. This fund exists to support UCI faculty, students and staff in times of emergency.
On Sunday, September 30, 2017, a lone gunman killed 58 people and injured over 500 in a senseless act of violence in Las Vegas, Nevada. The victims were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event. What should have been a celebration of friendship and music turned into America's largest modern day mass shooting. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those killed, injured, and emotionally affected by this tragedy.
Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast on August 25, 2017. Winds topped 130 MPH, and rainfall of over 50” was recorded in some areas. As of Wednesday, September 6, over 60 people died, and over 30,000 people have been displaced. Recovery is expected to take years.
A week later, on September 6, Category 5 Hurricane Irma, the largest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, hit the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Irma moved on to the Florida Keys, then, slowly weakening, through Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, leaving a swath of destruction estimated at over $15B.
On September 20, Category 4 Hurricane Maria, with sustained winds of 155 MPH – and the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 80 years – has left the entire territory devastated and without power.
It’s never too late to lend a hand. Please read on for ways you can assist fellow Americans in need.
To the Anteater community:
Once again, we are reminded of the brazen power of Mother Nature with Hurricane Maria and another deadly earthquake in Mexico. Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to all who are affected by the severe damage and aftermath of these horrific natural disasters. Many members of our Anteater community have connections to the impacted areas, and we stand with you to offer our sympathy and support.
The Federal Trade Commission has information for people who want to help Hurricane Harvey victims, and for those who are dealing with and recovering from its long-term effects. Learn more at www.FTC.gov/weatheremergencies.