Red Cross volunteers ready to help folks across the divide
Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers and loads of supplies from western Colorado are ready to ship over to the Front Range should they be needed to assist victims of the widespread floods that have killed at least four people and caused untold destruction.
Eric Myers, executive director of the Western Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross, said the roughly 230 volunteers within the chapter’s 17-county region are prepared to go if called upon. He said officials also have materials such as cots, blankets and comfort kits lined up in Summit County.
Myers said roughly 1,000 people stayed in Red Cross-managed shelters on the Front Range on Thursday night — more than any single night during this fire season.
“We anticipate the numbers will grow as more people are able to get out of their homes,” he said.
Residents in several communities in northern Colorado were ordered to evacuate but ultimately stranded because roads were washed out. Many were evacuated Friday by helicopter.
Myers said the best way for people to help is to offer a cash donation by logging onto http://www.redcross.org/Colorado or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. He said that ensures a donation is getting to an area where it’s needed the most and is being used on what Red Cross clients need the most.