Lusk, WY, 9 a.m., Saturday, June 13, 2015 – Disaster recovery support continues in Niobrara County and Red Cross encourages people to come to the Niobrara County Fairgrounds to talk with a recovery specialist and to pick up additional cleanup supplies.
Since the flood happened June 4, the Red Cross has opened 53 cases for individual recovery assistance. "We have been busy but we know there are others that need help," said Jessica Pate, supervisor for Red Cross individual client services. "We want people to come to our assistance center and talk with us." Recovery assistance will continue at the fairgrounds through Sunday. Beginning Monday Red Cross recovery assistance will be available by calling 307-334-3534. "We will still be in town helping," Pate said. "We’ll be reaching out to those that call for support."
Personal items donated to support the people affected by the flood in Niobrara County should be taken to the Niobrara County High School, 705 West Fifth St. Lusk, WY 82225. Volunteers will be at the high school collecting those items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Once delivered volunteers will sort items and move them to the Masonic Temple, 505 W Third St. Lusk, WY 82225 for distribution.
Anytime there is disaster recovery there are those who try to take advantage of people in need. Red Cross and Niobrara County want to remind residents to be wary of people showing up offering services or cleanup supplies for a fee. If people suspect that sort of activity they are asked to call the Niobrara County nonemergency line at 303-334-2240.
They offer three key reminders:
Check the service person for appropriate identification
Ask to see their Wyoming licensure
Never pay in advance for services.
Recovery service, support and supplies provided by the American Red Cross are free and considered a gift from the American public. Red Cross volunteers will always wear official Red Cross logos and carry Red Cross identification.