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Weather and Home Fires Keep Colorado Red Cross Busy

Little girl holding Red Cross blanket in a Red Cross shelter

Colorado Springs, CO, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 – The American Red Cross of Colorado was busy over the weekend responding to hazardous winter weather conditions and multiple home fires. Red Cross workers opened one shelter and responded to six home fires across the state, including in Grand Junction, Clifton, Loveland, Fort Collins, Denver and Aurora.

Red Cross offices across the state began preparing Thursday for the hazardous weather and the possibility of sheltering stranded motorists. Red Cross logistics volunteers inventoried and placed shelter supply trailers, and Red Cross shelter teams were notified of the potential for activation and placed on standby status. As conditions deteriorated and hazardous driving conditions developed, the Red Cross opened a shelter in Walsenburg. Three people occupied the shelter for a brief time Saturday night, along with four Red Cross volunteer workers. The shelter closed at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Meanwhile, Red Cross disaster teams responded to six home fires and provided support to 16 people and their pets. The displaced families received temporary lodging, food, clothing and help refilling medical prescriptions lost in the fire. Red Cross teams also provided emotional support and continue to work with the displaced families in an effort to help them recover.

The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters each year in the United States. Most of those responses are home fires -- and fire often takes everything. It takes security. It takes safety, dignity and routine. Help the Red Cross give back what fire takes – the items that provide safety and comfort. If you would like to help the Red Cross help those in need, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/givewhatfiretakes to support American Red Cross disaster relief.