Health Officer Issued Hazard Advisory Warning Against Habitation of Destroyed Property
The Butte County Health Officer has issued a hazard advisory strongly suggesting no habitation of destroyed property until property is declared clear of hazardous waste and structural ash and debris by Butte County Environmental Health. There is evidence from recent fires in California that homes and property destroyed by fire contain high and concerning levels of heavy metals, lead, mercury, dioxin, arsenic, and other carcinogens. Some property may have the presence of radio-active materials. Exposure to hazardous substances may lead to acute and chronic health effects, and may cause long-term public health and environmental impacts. Learn more
Behavioral Health Crisis Situation?
County Behavioral Health Clients
We would like to know that you are safe and so that we may continue your care at one of our other locations that is most convenient for you. If you plan to relocate outside of the County, please let us know so that we may coordinate your transfer of care.
Resources Following a Disaster
The Disaster Distress Helpline
A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1.800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Emergency Prescription Assistance Program
If you are uninsured and need help getting prescription medication after the fire, you may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program. Assistance is available through December 31, 2018. Additional information is available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Anthem BlueCross: LiveHealth Online
Using LiveHealth Online, individuals gain online access to doctors, therapists and psychologists through live video from a smart phone or computer. This service is being provided for free, regardless of insurance coverage through December 31, 2018. If you do not have access to a cell phone or computer, this service is also being made available at the Disaster Recovery Center located at the Sears Building in Chico.
Mental Health Tips
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association provides resources specifically designed around coping with disasters or traumatic events. These resources include:
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
- Tips for Health Care Practitioners and Responders