Those affected by the Cole Creek Fire are now beginning the recovery process, and the American Red Cross of Wyoming will be here to help them. A long-term recovery committee is being formed consisting of local citizens and non-profit groups to determine the needs of the community and the processes by which people can request assistance. The committee will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Evansville Community Center, 71 Curtis St., Evansville. The meeting is open to the public.
In addition, other agencies have stepped up to help coordinate recovery efforts. ServeWyoming, a non-profit group that "promotes collaborative efforts among private, non-profit and governmental organizations that advance community service, volunteer programs and activities in each Wyoming community", will be accepting and coordinating financial donations. Their website is www.servewyoming.org.
In addition to providing financial assistance and other resources, such as helping clients with various medical issues (replacing lost eyeglasses, dentures, etc.), Red Cross has been referring people to Joshua's Storehouse for food, and to Rescued Treasures for clothing and household items.
For housing assistance, Red Cross is referring people to Wyoming Cares (www.wyomingcares.org) and to Corab Services in Casper, which has offered to provide their oil field trailers to those whose houses were destroyed. The trailers are two and three bedroom and are completely furnished, including linens, dishes, etc. The trailers can be parked at the KOA campground in Bar Nunn for a low cost as long as they are needed. Those wishing to take advantage of this offer will need a voucher from the Red Cross, which can be obtained at the Red Cross office at 318 W. B St., or they can call (307) 237-8436 for more information.
Henderson Drilling has offered free labor and inspection of water wells, so those affected by the fire can have their wells tested to make certain their water supply is safe.
The University of Wyoming Extension program in Casper is holding a Post-Fire Landscaping Symposium in Casper on Nov. 20, from 5 - 8 PM. The program will offer information and resources. Those interested should call (307) 235-9400.