Red Cross Disaster Relief Ongoing in Colo., Okla.

Wildfire Damage
The Red Cross is ready to help Colorado residents as they return to their neighborhoods.

The American Red Cross continues its relief efforts in communities affected by wildfires in Colorado, while also keeping a watch on additional wildfire outbreaks, such as one that erupted in California on Sunday. Meanwhile, hundreds of Red Cross workers are also still on the ground in Oklahoma to help residents who were affected by last month's devastating tornadoes.


The Black Forest Fire—which quickly burned thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes—is more than 50 percent contained as of Monday morning, and officials hope for full containment this week.

While ensuring that residents have food, shelter and other basic necessities, the Red Cross is preparing to help residents as they return to their neighborhoods and face the long road to recovery. As part of this effort, Red Cross workers are at a multi-agency Disaster Assistance Center meeting one-on-one with residents to provide recovery information and resources, comfort kits, grief counseling, safety guidance about returning home, and more. On Sunday night, several dozen people spent the night in a Red Cross shelter in Monument, Colo.

The Red Cross is also preparing supplies and volunteers to be ready to assist residents later this week as they return to their neighborhoods. Health and mental health support is a priority, given the large loss of property and the fact that this area was hit hard by last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire.

Since a series of wildfires broke out in Colorado last week, nearly 1,000 people have registered at Red Cross shelters, and Red Cross volunteers and partners have:

  • Opened and operated a total of eight separate shelters and evacuation centers in Monument, Colorado Springs, Kiowa, Cañon City, Walsenburg and Rifle
  • Distributed more than 850 comfort kits containing hygiene items, toothbrushes and other basic essentials
  • Served nearly 4,000 meals and snacks
  • Made more than 250 health and mental health contacts with affected residents

    Nearly a month after the deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma, more than 760 Red Cross workers continue to provide hope and comfort as people get back on their feet. This help includes food, relief supplies, health services and emotional support.

    The Red Cross has Multi-Agency Resource Centers set up throughout the affected area, where several thousand families have visited for help from the Red Cross and dozens of other community organizations.

    Trained Red Cross caseworkers are also meeting one-on-one with people who need extra help with unmet emergency needs and recovery planning.

    This is a large response spanning multiple communities. Our work has included:

  • Providing more than 6,000 overnight stays in disaster shelters
  • Serving nearly 460,000 meals and snacks.
  • Distributing nearly 390,000 relief items like sunscreen, ice chests, buckets, gloves, dust masks, flashlights, tarps, shovels and rakes.
  • Providing more than 20,000 health services and mental health contacts.
  • You can help people affected by disasters like wildfires, tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.