All over the Methow Valley, generators are keeping this valley working, living and giving.
In Twisp, the generator helps keep the doors open at Room One, a non-profit agency helping those affected by the wildfires.
Rosalie Honey has her home, but is without power and doesn’t have much fuel in the tank especially at 4 dollars a gallon. Her fear: not having enough gas to evacuate if required.
“You don’t think you have to have a full tank but now you do. You better have one,” Rosalie said.
According to Cate Clegg-Thorp with Room One, that thinking has spread throughout the valley.
“We’ve been out of power for about a week now, we are trying to get gas vouchers into the folks who need it immediately and beyond,” Cate told me.
Gas cards are also needed for people like Lucy Baker, who suffers from asthma. “This is the equipment I have to have every night and every morning,” Ms. Baker said.
It will cost $40 a day to run her generator that powers her nebulizer. That’s not an easy task on a fixed income. The non profits will help pay for her gas. Lucy is fortunate, but more can be done.
There’s a need for extension cords, gas cans and sadly, locks and chains. That’s because thieves are stealing generators.
And while power maybe restored to some of the valley in the next week, the need for gas—in one of the poorest counties in the state is now a life and safety issue.
If you want to give, you can donate to the:
Victims Assistance Fund c/o Okanogan Community Action P.O. Box 1067 Okanogan, WA 98840
Indicate Fire Victims on checks and online.
The money will go to meeting the needs of families affected by the wildfires. 100% of the donations go to those who live in the county.
Washington Wildfires: Full KING 5 coverage
First published July 24 2014, 10:49 PM