Over the past week, high rivers and nuisance flooding prompted the Red Cross to activate staff in anticipation of potential flood-related needs. With more rain in the forecast, Red Cross emergency workers continue to closely monitor conditions, communicate with local emergency management and stand ready to respond if needed.
Following a busy weekend of responses, Red Cross volunteers participated in Emergency Operations Centers in Sterling and Fort Morgan from May 9 through May 15 in order to be able to identify and respond to any flood-related needs that might have arisen. Fortunately, initial assessments indicate that most flooding was nuiscance flooding that did not displace any residents.
The Red Cross of Northern Colorado is working closely with local towns and counties to identify residents who may need shelter and other basic needs due to flooding. In addition to helping families displaced by flood conditions the weekend of May 9, the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado has also been helping connect elderly and disabled residents with community partners who can assist with the effects of nuisance flooding.
HOW TO GET HELP AND PROTECT YOURSELF
If your home has been rendered unsafe to live in due to flooding, you can contact the Red Cross for assistance by calling our 24/7 emergency line: 1-800-733-2767 option 5.
Get real-time alerts about flood watches, warnings and other severe weather hazards by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App for your smart phone or iPad. The free app lets you monitor various locations, notifies you of emergency alerts, and provides a wealth of information about what to do before, during and after various types of emergencies.
Many people do not realize that standard home insurance doesn’t typically cover flooding. Find out more about flood insurance and what you need to know BEFORE flooding strikes by reading this helpful blog by Ready Colorado: https://www.readycolorado.com/blog/flood-insurance-what-covered
The Red Cross is able to be prepared to mobilize in response to sudden incidents like flooding and is able to help people affected by floods and other disasters thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers. If you would like to support the Red Cross in these efforts, donate at www.redcross.org/donate or sign up to volunteer: