(June News) The conversations have started in the grocery store, in the post office, over dinner: smoke season is coming. After five summers of intensive wildfires and persistent smoke, the Methow community knows to be ready. We have learned the impacts of smoke go beyond just our respiratory health -- our economy is impacted, our livelihoods, and our sense of well-being.
Over the past five summers, our community has stepped up to support each other in so many ways, and Room One has been a steady place to connect and bring questions. Here’s a few examples of what we hear from folks who walk through the door:
I’m worried about my kids - their asthma is getting worse.
I need to borrow money so I can get out of here.
What do I do with my children? Should I really keep them inside.
What are the air quality numbers today? Where can I go to find clean air?
How sick am I getting from this smoke?
I have COPD and this is unbearable.
I can’t make enough money when we close down for fires.
Looking towards the summer, Room One will be here (as always) as a place for connection and resources. We are dedicated to keeping a pulse on emerging needs, opportunities to create new resources with partners, and ways to bring resources to those who need them most. If you have ideas of how we can best support our neighbors, get in touch anytime.