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Red Cross Supports Colorado Rescue Operations, Shelters Hundreds
The American Red Cross is supporting rescue operations in Colorado by providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes by devastating flash flooding. Meanwhile, numerous shelters remain open across the state to serve those displaced by flooding.
As many as 1,000 people stayed in shelters Sunday night in Colorado.
Working with The Salvation Army, the Red Cross has served more than 7,100 meals and snacks.
Over 250 trained Red Cross disaster workers are on site in shelters, in vehicles and in emergency operations centers providing direct support to people affected and coordinating with State and local officials.
The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials and the Colorado National Guard to help ensure people get the help they need.
Access to some communities is difficult due to flood waters and damaged roads. As flooded areas begin to re-open, the Red Cross will be there to assess the damage, distribute clean up supplies and support a recovery effort that will take weeks and months. We’re already planning for that effort now.
Open Red Cross Shelter Locations as of noon today:
Mountain View Bible Fellowship, 1575 S. St. Vrain, Estes Park
Mead High School, 12750 County Road 7, Longmont
YMCA Boulder Valley, 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder
Niwot High School 8989 E. Niwot Road, Longmont*
Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Rd., Fort Collins
Thompson School District Building, 800 S. Taft Ave, Loveland
City of Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Ave., Greeley
Sterling Middle School, 1177 Pawnee Ave, Sterling
*This shelter will be transitioning. We will announce formal closure and alternate locations upon confirmation.
The Red Cross encourages evacuees to register on Safe and Well, which provides individuals affected by disasters a way to post their evacuation status. There are several ways to register and view Safe and Well. From a computer, visit redcross.org/safeandwell; from a smart phone visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).
Red Cross Assistance At-A-Glance for Colorado Floods
Since the night of Sept. 11, 2013, through 5 p.m. yesterday, the Red Cross and its partners have:
Opened and/or supported 17 shelters (8 were open as of noon today) that have seen a total of 1,643 overnight stays by hundreds of residents
Served more than 7,000 meals and snacks in conjunction with The Salvation Army and the Southern Baptist Convention
Made 320 health and mental health contacts with affected residents.