Red Cross responded to 51 Calls for Help Assisting 156 individuals in February 2019
Denver, Wednesday, March 19, 2019 - American Red Cross staff and volunteers responded to 51 calls for help in February 2019. Forty-eight of those calls were for home fires. In 2018 we responded to 55 calls and supported 161 people.
During February our volunteers partnered with local fire departments and members of communities to make hundreds of homes in Colorado and Wyoming safer by installing free smoke alarms and teaching home fire safety.
Our teams will continue to bring help and hope in March, a month that averages over 50 disaster responses. We will also be hosting home fire campaign events as we continue to reduce deaths and injuries associated with home fires.
Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:
Mile High Chapter (MHC): There were twenty calls and 61 individuals received aid; All were over the age of 17 and two were 60 years old or older. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.
Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SeCO): There were 11 calls for help and 42 individuals received aid; one was under 18 and one was over 60. The SeCO response area includes 16 counties.
Northern Colorado Chapter (NoCO): Three calls for help and eight people received aid. Two were over the age of 60. The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.
Western Colorado Chapter (WeCO): There were 7 calls for help involving 22 people.. The WeCo response area covers 27 counties, serving all western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.
Wyoming Chapter (WYO): There were 10 calls for help with 23 people receiving support. Three people were older than 60. 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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.