The American Red Cross continues to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to several wildfires burning across the state and is prepared to open and staff additional shelters as needed.
Last night, 234 evacuated individuals stayed overnight at Red Cross shelters at the following locations:
• Palmer Ridge High School, 19255 Monument Hill Rd., Monument (79 individuals stayed overnight)
• Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Ave., Kiowa – (148 individuals stayed overnight)
• University of Colorado Colorado Springs Recreation Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs (7 individuals stayed overnight)
Since a series of wildfires fires broke out earlier this week through 5 p.m. last night, Red Cross volunteers and partners have:
• Opened and operated a total of seven separate shelters and evacuation centers in Monument, Colorado Springs, Kiowa, Cañon City and Walsenburg (three remain open as of 9 a.m. today)
• Distributed 671 comfort kits containing hygiene items, toothbrushes and other basic essentials
• Registered 158 individuals in Safe and Well
• Served 2,345 meals and snacks (provided primarily by Salvation Army)
Update on Royal Gorge Fire, Cañon City area
The Red Cross shelter at the Evangelical Free Church in Cañon City was placed on standby on Thursday, June 13. Standby status means that resources are cached so that the shelter can be reopened quickly if the need arises, but that it is not being staffed.
Disaster Assistance Center
Red Cross will again join other agencies in providing assistance to affected residents at a multi-agency disaster assistance center located at El Paso County Public Health, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. Red Cross caseworkers will be on hand to meet with affected residents, assess their needs, and provide comfort kits and stuffed animals. Experts will also be available to provide preparedness and evacuation information for residents who have not yet had to evacuate their homes.
For more information about the Disaster Assistance Center, visit www.elpasoco.com.
VOLUNTEERING: The Red Cross relies on a trained workforce of volunteers to provide emergency assistance. We currently have enough volunteer staff to meet our operational needs. However, we anticipate that we will have additional needs for licensed health and mental health workers. If you are a licensed health or mental health worker and would like are interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer, please visit http://www.redcross.org/co/denver/volunteer and fill out an application.
Individuals interested in other volunteer opportunities can also visit www.helpcoloradonow.org to browse other opportunities.
HOW TO HELP:
To help people affected by this disaster, please consider donating to support Disaster Relief: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations
For more information on this disaster, how you can help, and what you can do if you are in the affected area, please visit this news story: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Responds-to-Colorado-Wildfires