Denver, September 18, 2018 - The American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming provided a variety of services across the two-state region ranging from wildfire and flood response to single family fire responses and home fire safety smoke alarm installations. Our volunteers were deployed as far away as Hawaii for Hurricane Lane, California for the Wildfires, in Wyoming responding to the Britania Fire and in Colorado to the Spring Creek Fire. Our disaster teams supported shelters for major hail storms in Colorado Springs and provided comfort and care to people affected by disaster.
September is National Preparedness Month and you will find our volunteers at a variety of safety fairs across Colorado and Wyoming. We urge everyone to Be Red Cross Ready and to plan ahead for emergencies.
Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:
Mile High Chapter (MHC): 137 individuals received aid; 38 were under 18 years old and 12 over the age of 65 were helped. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.
Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SeCO): 46 individuals received aid; Five people are >65 years of age and 14 people are under 18 years old. The SeCO response area includes 16 counties.
Northern Colorado Chapter (NoCO): 18 individuals received aid with 6 being >18 years of age and 2 are >65 years of age. The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.
Western Colorado Chapter (WeCO): 34 individuals received aid. Three are over the age of 65 and 6 are >18. The WeCo response area covers 27 counties, serving all western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.
Wyoming Chapter: 10 individuals received aid; 1 individual is under age 18 and 2 were over the age of 65. The Wyoming Chapter response area covers all 23 counties that make up the state of Wyoming.
The families and individuals were provided a place to stay, money for clothes, food and medicine. 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 from this personal disaster.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org