The American Red Cross has experienced a busy start to 2015, responding to help more than 465 people affected by home fires and weather-related emergencies since Jan. 1.
Over the weekend, Red Cross volunteers opened a shelter the evening of January 3 in Burlington to provide safe shelter for travelers stranded due to blizzard conditions on I-70. A total of 424 people stayed in the shelter at the Burlington Community Center. The shelter closed on January 4, when weather conditions improved.
Since Jan. 1, Red Cross volunteers have also provided assistance to 41 people affected by 11 smaller disasters such as home fires and flooding due to frozen pipes in Boulder, Denver, Logan and Weld counties. The Red Cross provides basic needs such as food, lodging, clothing, and health and mental health services to those affected disasters of all sizes.
By comparison, the Red Cross of Colorado helped just over 1,500 individuals affected by disasters in 2014 – a year that was busy with more than 400 home fire responses statewide but relatively calm in terms of large-scale disasters.
The Red Cross is in need of committed volunteers for a variety of roles in local communities throughout the state – in particular, individuals willing to canvass neighborhoods as part of a home fire preparedness and prevention campaign, as well as dedicated local residents willing to train and respond at a moment’s notice to disasters ranging from everyday home fires to larger incidents requiring mass shelter and feeding.
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- Fire prevention
- Weather safety
- Donating to help the Red Cross help local residents affected by disasters like these recent incidents.