Gunnison Shelter Closes; 65 People at Del Norte Shelter

Gunnison Shelter Closes, Colorado Red Cross
The Red Cross has distributed more than 30,000 recovery and clean-up items to affected residents.

With no residents seeking assistance at the Red Cross shelter in Gunnison, the American Red Cross will close the shelter at Gunnison Community School at noon today but will continue to provide food, shelter, emotional support and other services for evacuees of the West Fork Fire Complex in Del Norte.

The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at Del Norte High School, 1055 9th St., Del Norte. Last night, 65 evacuees registered at the shelter. Residents can access food, water, shelter, emotional support and basic health services at these shelters.

RED CROSS SERVICED 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:

  • Opened and operated a total of ten separate shelters in Monument, Colorado Springs, Kiowa, Cañon City, Walsenburg, Rifle, Del Norte and Gunnison.
  • Distributed 30,563 bulk items such as shovels, rakes, face masks and gloves
  • Served 36,378 meals and snacks provided by community partners such as the Salvation Army and the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
  • Made 3,229 health and mental health contacts with affected residents
  • Registered 470 individuals in Safe and Well
  • Distributed 1,945 comfort kits containing hygiene items, toothbrushes and other basic essentials
  • 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. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at two locations:

  • School in the Woods (12002 Vollmer Rd.)
  • Intersection of Black Forest Road and Shoup Road
  • 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.”