Posted by: Singh Is King | Sunday, November 4, 2007

Sikh Aid Gears Up for San Diego Fire Relief

ImageDr. Harjot Singh Gill with the Sikh Aid team

San Diego: A group of Sikhs geared up its relief efforts by deploying volunteers of its Sikh Aid team to assess the needs in the evacuated areas since the fast moving fires started in South California last weekend.

“FEMA is in the process of setting up their command centers and we have contacted their California representative, John Chavez, to offer assistance in the relief operations,” said Kuldip Singh, United Sikhs director. “We urge volunteers to register with us to help in the rehabilitation efforts. We also seek donations to help us execute the rehabilitation program,” Kuldip Singh added.

United Sikhs is coordinating with FEMA officials, NYDIS, the Red Cross and other agencies to assess requirements.

More than a quarter-million people were urged to flee their homes across Southern California on Monday as wildfires blown by fierce desert winds raced over the landscape with terrifying speed.

In San Diego County, 500 homes and 100 businesses have already been destroyed by fire. More than a dozen wildfires have hit Southern California, killing at least one person, injuring dozens more and threatening scores of structures

The Sikh Gurdwara, at 12269 Oak Knoll Rd, Poway, was also evacuated last week. Gurdwara Secretary Gurinder Singh said five swaroops of Guru Granth Sahib (Holy Scriptures) were safely taken to the residence of Hirdyapal Singh, Carmel Valley, CA.

One Sikh family and 3 other South Asian families have lost their home in Rancho Bernado and over 50 Sikh families are reported evacuated from Poway, Rancho Barnado, 4S Ranch, Saber Springs, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Panasquitos, Carmel Valley, Escondido, Olivenhein, Rancho Santa Fee, Encinitas, Chula Vista, East Lake, Ramona.

The following residents’ homes have been turned into shelter homes since Sunday night:

Dr. Harjot Singh Gill with the Sikh Aid team
Guljar Singh, DGulGuljar Singh, Del Mar, CA – 9 Families
Kulbir Singh, Carmel valley, CA – 4 Families
Harinder Singh, Carlsbad, CA – 6 Families
Hirdaypal Singh, Carmel Valley, – 4 Families


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