The American Red Cross has closed the shelter at John Mall High School in Walsenburg after two consecutive nights without any overnight shelter residents, but has cached supplies at a standby location and has volunteer sheltering teams on call should the need arise to reopen shelter for evacuees of the East Peak Fire in Huerfano County.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross continues to operate two shelters for evacuees of the West Fork Fire Complex. A total of 90 people are registered at the Red Cross shelters in these locations:
SERVICE STATS TO-DATE:
Since June 11, the Red Cross has provided shelter, food, emotional support, health services and tens of thousands of recovery supplies to thousands of people in Colorado affected by wildfires. To date, the Red Cross and partners have:
BLACK FOREST FIRE:
Two weeks after the Black Forest Fire began, the Red Cross continues to deliver recovery supplies and provide emotional and physical support to residents affected by the Black Forest Fire. Red Cross aid stations will offer water, clean-up supplies and other resources to families affected by the Black Forest fire from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. all week at two locations:
Clean-up supplies include shovels, trash bags, work gloves, rakes, paper towels, and facemasks all items to help residents recover. Each station will also be staffed with disaster mental health counselors, health services and caseworkers to provide emotional and physical support.
In addition, Red Cross mobile outreach teams are canvassing the Black Forest area to provide information and support of recovery, as well as to assist with emotional and medical needs.
HOW TO HELP:
The Red Cross provides disaster relief to people completely free of charge, and is able to do so through the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of the public. You can support Red Cross disaster relief by donating online at redcross.org/Colorado, by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation via your cell phone bill.
Colorado Red Cross chapters have received an outpouring of support from local residents interested in helping their neighbors through the Red Cross - more than 1,250 individuals have submitted new volunteer applications since the wildfires began.
Due to the large volume of applications, the Red Cross is currently not accepting additional new volunteer applications in Colorado, but may open up recruitment to specific skill sets and geographic areas as unmet needs are identified.
“We are grateful for this outpouring of support, and it warms our hearts to see how many people want to give their time to help their fellow Coloradans,” said Lori Geres, Director of Volunteer Services for the Red Cross in Colorado. “Our volunteer services team is working diligently to acknowledge and process this enormous influx of new volunteers, and we thank everyone for their patience.”