The American Red Cross Mile High Chapter responded to six separate disasters – including an apartment fire that forced the evacuation of 24 units – over the weekend.
Just after 9 p.m. on Friday, August 16, the Red Cross was called to respond to a fire at 5745 W. Atlantic Pl. in Lakewood. The multi-family fire had displaced 24 units. Red Cross workers opened a shelter at Faith Bible Chapel, 4890 Carr St., Arvada; one family stayed at the shelter. On Sunday, casework and emotional support volunteers met with two clients displaced by the fire who had not sought assistance Friday night. In total, the Red Cross provided assistance including lodging, food and clothing for six people affected by the fire.
The disaster response was followed by five more over the weekend:
On average, the Red Cross responds to about a disaster a day throughout Colorado.
“Although we sometimes see this type of volume during the winter months, this was an unusually busy weekend for this time of year. Fortunately we have the trained volunteer teams in place throughout the Denver-metro area in order to be able to handle multiple incidents of varying sizes and in various locations,” said Patricia Billinger, Communications Director for the American Red Cross of Colorado.
Home fires are the most common disaster to which the Red Cross responds. People who would like to support the Red Cross and its work helping people affected by disasters can donate online at redcross.org/colorado or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.