• Wildfire Response and Recovery

    After a wildfire, most families will recover over time. The length of the recovery process depends on a variety of factors, including how well families cope with stressors, as well as the amount of support and resources available through the family, school, and community. For families whose homes were lost in the fire, rebuilding may be a long process.

    Students have the ability to recover and be resilient after critical events, such as wildfires and other disasters.  Recovery takes time and depends on their personal experience of the fire, previous experiences, life circumstances, and protective factors from adults in the students’ lives at home, school, and community. Protective factors include: providing safety and support, the ability to be calm, self and community efficacy, ensuring students are connected to resources, and instilling hope and optimism that things will get better.

    Below are guidelines and resources for students, parents/caregivers, educators, and first responders that will help support the recovery of students after wildfires.

    • Psychological First Aid (PFA)

    • Educator Resources

    • Activities for Students

    • Resources for Parents/Caregivers (English)

    • Recursos para Padres/Tutores

    • First Responder Resources

    Referrals for School Mental Health

     Adapted from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (www.nctsn.org)

    LAUSD understands that students and families may be impacted by the Saddleridge Fire. Student Health and Human Services, as well as the Homeless Education Office, is readily available to offer support and services. If a family has experienced the loss of their residence or has been impacted by the fire, please connect with SHHS Coordinators.
    Local District Central Local District East
    Tamara Robinson Coordinator
    333 S. Beaudry Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    E: tamara.robinson@lausd.net
    Elizabeth Guzman, Coordinator
    2151 N. Soto Street,
    Los Angeles, CA 90032

    E: exg9516@lausd.net
    Local District South Local District West
    Karen Timko. Coordinator
    Peary MS: 1415 W. Gardena Blvd.,
    Gardena, CA 90247
    E: karen.timko@lausd.net
    Kristal Green, Coordinator
    11380 Graham Place,
    Los Angeles, CA 90064

    E: kristal.green@lausd.net
    Local District Northeast Local District Northwest
    Sylvia Corral. Coordinator
    Pacoima Annex: 13395 E. Kagel Canyon St.,
    Pacoima, CA 91331; Bldg. 84
    E: scorra2@lausd.net
    Angela Chandler, Coordinator 

    6621 Balboa Blvd.,
Lake Balboa, CA 91406

    E: angela.chandler@lausd.net

    Students and families can also be connected with a LAUSD Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselor at a Coordinated Entry System (CES) site. The Los Angeles County Coordinated Entry System (LA County CES) is a means to quickly and efficiently match people to available housing resources and services that best fit their needs, aiming to rapidly resolve their housing crisis. CES works to connect the highest need, most vulnerable persons in the community to available housing and supportive services equitably.  If a family member receives CalWORKS, they connect with the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) for additional motel vouchers due to natural disasters. 
    Transition Aged Youth CES
    Matthew Meyers, LAUSD PSA Counselor
    E: mem13871@lausd.net

    The Village
    6801 Coldwater Canyon,
    North Hollywood, CA 91605

    (818) 755-8786
    Family CES
    Amanda Farina, LAUSD PSA Counselor

    E: amanda.farina@lausd.net

    LA Family Housing
    7817 Lankershim Blvd.,
    North Hollywood, CA 91605

    (818) 982-4091, ext. 202

    For any additional information or resources, please visit the Homeless Education Office webpage at: https://homelesseducation.lausd.net





    Pia V. Escudero, LCSW - Executive Director
    Executive Director:
    Pia V. Escudero, LCSW

    333 S. Beaudry Ave., 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    P: (213) 241-3840  |  F: (213) 241-3305

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