Comcast connects evacuees displaced by California wildfires

Thousands of Californians said they have been impacted by the devastating California fires including some of Comcast´s customers, employees and their families.

To aid those impacted, Comcast has opened its XFINITY WiFi hotspots called Comcast Cares throughout the affected areas to anyone who needs them. In addition, hundreds of Comcast employees have volunteered to help emergency personnel to meet the needs of the community.

Connectivity is paramount during a crisis and following its aftermath. Comcast employees have been monitoring phone andInternet services to ensure reliability for emergency personnel as they respond to the devastation. Keeping firefighters connected to their command centers is a priority as well as offering comfort to those who were forced to evacuate.

“As many as 1,000 people were displaced and found shelter at the evacuation center in Calistoga,” said Alfredo Pedroza, Napa County Supervisor. “Comcast was able to offer these residents the ability to reconnect with loved ones through XFINITY´s free WiFi service. More importantly, Comcast employees offered evacuees some normalcy by giving them television and movies to lift their spirits as residents look to rebuild their lives.”

Comcast joins other companies by offering financial contributions that will aid those affected by the fires in Lake County, Sonoma County, Amador County, Calaveras County and Fresno County. This donation to the American Red Cross will help the disaster relief organization continue to provide shelter, food and comfort as part of a massive relief effort in California.

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations.