Disaster Update: Colorado Wildfire Response

Disaster Update

Since June 11, the Red Cross has provided shelter, food, emotional support, health services and tens of thousands of recovery supplies to thousands of people in Colorado affected by wildfires. To date, the Red Cross and partners have:

  • Opened and operated a total of ten separate shelters in Monument, Colorado Springs, Kiowa, Cañon City, Walsenburg, Rifle, Del Norte and Gunnison.
  • Distributed 31,496 bulk items such as shovels, rakes, face masks and gloves
  • Served 41,499 meals and snacks provided by community partners such as the Salvation Army and the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
  • Made 3,431 health and mental health contacts with affected residents
  • Registered 470 individuals in Safe and Well
  • Distributed 2,004 comfort kits containing hygiene items, toothbrushes and other basic essentials

Residents affected by wildfires continue to turn to the Red Cross for a safe place to stay, hot meals and other basic needs at one shelter that remains open; meanwhile, local Red Cross chapters remain ready to respond to quickly changing circumstances.

  • A total of 59 people are registered at the Red Cross shelter at Del Norte High School – 1055 9th St., Del Norte.
  • Red Cross mental health workers will staff a community disaster assistance center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 28, at the County Annex building, 965 6th St., in Del Norte. Multiple other assistance agencies will also be present at the center.
  • The Red Cross will also distribute clean-up supplies to evacuees of the West Fork Fire Complex over the weekend. The supplies will help residents clean ash, slurry and other damage to their homes once they are allowed to return home.
  • The Red Cross has cached resources and has shelter teams on standby to re-open a shelters should the need arise.
  • Since the wildfires began on June 11, nearly 1,400 people have registered at Red Cross shelters.

Two weeks after the Black Forest Fire began, the Red Cross continues to deliver recovery supplies and provide emotional and physical support to residents affected by the Black Forest Fire.

Red Cross aid stations will be open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through July 2 at two locations:

  • School in the Woods (12002 Vollmer Rd.)
  • Intersection of Black Forest Road and Shoup Road

Residents can pick up recovery and clean-up items such as shovels, trash bags, work gloves, rakes, paper towels, and facemasks.

Each station will also be staffed with disaster mental health counselors, health services responders and caseworkers to provide emotional and physical support.

In addition, Red Cross mobile outreach teams are canvassing the Black Forest area to provide information and support of recovery, as well as to assist with emotional and medical needs.

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