DENVER, CO, WEDNESDAY, April 7, 2020 — Emergencies do not stop even amid our current health crisis. The Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming has not changed its mission to people who live in our communities, it has however changed how we do our mission. Every day, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers continue to meet the needs of individuals and families who have suffered from disasters. In the month of March, 172 people were provided support and care from American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming. The majority of calls were for home fire support.
Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area for March 2020:
Mile High Chapter (MHC) Prior to the stay at home order, the MHC received 23 calls for assistance and provided care to 56 individuals. After the March 26, the MHC responded to 5 calls for service and helped 20 people. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.
Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SECO) Prior to the stay at home order, the SECO received 7 calls for assistance and provided care to 16 individuals. After the March 26, the SECO responded to 4 calls for service and helped 18 people. The SECO response area includes 16 counties.
Northern Colorado Chapter (NOCO) Prior to the stay at home order, the NOCO received 8 calls for assistance and provided care to 33 individuals. After the March 26, the NOCO responded to zero calls for service. The NOCO response area includes 11 counties.
Western Colorado Chapter (WECO) Prior to the stay at home order, the WECO received 6 calls for assistance and provided care to 12 individuals. After the March 26, the WECO responded to 3 calls for service and helped 6 people. The WECO response area covers 2 counties, serving all Western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.
Wyoming Chapter (WYO): The WYO has received 3 calls for assistance and provided care to 11 individuals. The Wyoming Chapter response area covers 21 counties in the state of Wyoming. **Wyoming does not currently have a shelter in place order, however, responses are still be treated with caution and safety.
The families and individuals in need were provided with a variety of services, including a place to stay, comfort kits, money for clothes, food and medicine. If needed, health and mental health services were provided. Along with providing casework for the residents in a quick and efficient time frame, Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support to these families going forward by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery. All services provided by the American Red Cross are free.