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Concord: Ash/Debris Cleanup Advisory

Last updated: April 24, 2018, 9:41 am

The large structure fire in Concord consisted primarily of construction materials (predominately wood). Residents should avoid direct contact and inhalation of ash/debris that was produced by the fire. Residents may use a mild soap and water to clean up ash/debris. To minimize dust generation, residents should consider lightly dampening ash/debris prior to commencing sweeping activities. Swept up ash/debris may be placed in a standard household trash receptacle. Any towels or cleaning materials should be rinsed in a sink that drains to a sanitation sewer. Residents should avoid washing or sweeping ash/debris into storm drains, as this will result in pollution accumulating in nearby creeks and rivers.

Operation Access

Operation Access is a non-profit organization that provides free outpatient surgeries to patients who have no insurance coverage. A network of collaborating hospitals and volunteer medical professionals provide minor outpatient surgery free of charge throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. You must obtain a referral from your treating physician. After the post-operative appointment, the patient returns to the referring clinic for ongoing medical care.

Who Is Eligible?

To qualify, patients must:

  • Be uninsured and unable to obtain job-based coverage
  • Be ineligible for publicly-sponsored coverage (Medi-Cal, Medicare, Healthy Families)
  • Possess less than $5,000 in savings
  • Gross income can not exceed more than the 250% of Federal Poverty Level.
  • Be referred by a doctor or nurse who has diagnosed a condition requiring medically necessary, outpatient surgery
  • Not require ongoing care by the surgeon for successful recovery, and not possess other medical conditions that increase the risk of hospitalization.

Medical providers at community clinics refer eligible patients to Operation Access for surgery. Operation Access staff contact patients to conduct an eligibility screening by phone.

Learn more at the Operation Access website.

How Much Does It Cost?

Operation Access services are free to eligible individuals.

How Can I Apply?

For more information, call 415-733-0052, email, or visit the Operation Access website.