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Red Cross Responds to Help with 2016 Colorado Blizzard

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter

Nearly 350 people sheltered 

Denver, Thursday, March 24, 2016 – The American Red Cross of Colorado responded to the call for help on Wednesday as travelers were stranded across much of northeast Colorado.

Red Cross volunteers and our community partners were called to open warming centers as conditions deteriorated through the afternoon and evening. 

At the height of the response the Red Cross and partners had opened 13 emergency warming centers and was supporting nearly 350 people with food, coffee and other comforts. By midnight most of the shelters were closed as the roads opened and travelers were able to continue.

As of 9:00 a.m. Thursday only two shelters remained open:

1. Burlington Community Center, 340 S. 14th St, Burlington, CO Population at midnight = 8

2. Falcon SD49 Patriot Learning Center, 11990 Swingline Rd, Falcon, CO Population at midnight = 5 

These shelters will remain open till around noon or until the roads are cleared. 

The Red Cross would like to thank all of our community partners who opened warming centers on short notice, merchants who stepped up to provide food for the people. In addition, we want to give a big thankyou to all the emergency responders who provided transportation for our volunteers.