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This fall Northern California saw some of the deadliest, most destructive wildfires in the state’s history, including wind-driven, ferocious blazes in Sonoma, Napa, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Dozens were killed, and hundreds injured, including older and disabled adults who couldn’t escape in time.

To help prevent fatalities in the future, AARP is working with local authorities to determine the best ways to use AARP resources to assist with disaster preparedness and relief, especially for people 50 and older. AARP will continue to work in the affected areas.

Go to cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires or ready.gov/wildfires to learn more about how to prepare for a wildfire, including understanding your risk, signing up for emergency notifications and preparing an evacuation plan.