How to assist Colorado wildfire victims, how to donate and help
posted by: Guest Blogger
This two-part list is to assist the victims and evacuees of the Colorado wildfires and to direct people who wish to make donations of any kind.
How to donate or help communities dealing with wildfires
• El Paso County Sheriff’s office: Large animal shelter at Norris-Penrose Equestrian Center needs volunteers: 719-520-7773.
• The Red Cross in Colorado Springs is at 719-632-3563. Those wanting to donate money to the Red Cross can go here.
• Help Colorado Now, a partnership of Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVAD), has a list of donations needed and Fort Collins location for drop-off.
• The Salvation Army can take monetary donations; specify ‘Northern Colorado Chapter – High Park Fire’ or ‘Northern Colorado Chapter – Waldo Fire:’ 303-866-9216, The Salvation Army, 1370 Pennsylvania Ave., Denver, CO 80132.
• Donate online to Larimer Humane Society or mail checks to 5137 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525. Society currently coordinating rescue of all animals in High Park Fire area, providing water to animals that have not been evacuated, reuniting owners and pets and sheltering evacuated animals: 970-226-3647, ext. 7.
• Text HIGHPARK to 80108 to donate $10 for fire relief in northern Colorado through The mGive Foundation: mgivefoundation.org
• Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Donations can be mailed to: RCVFD-Treasurer, PO Box 2, Bellvue, CO 80521.
Available resources for fire victims & evacuees
• Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association has evacuation checklists and claims-filing advice.
• El Paso County Sheriff’s office: Register your landline/cell for reverse 911 evac orders or call 719-785-1900.
• For evacuees of Waldo Canyon Fire, the Pikes Peak Library has set up a laptop lab and books at the Red Cross Shelter in Cheyenne Mountain High School, Colorado Springs.
• Waldo Canyon Fire evacuees are encouraged to register as ‘safe and well’ with the Red Cross program designed to give relatives and friends news of safety: safeandwell.communityos.org. Family members can also search for names of loved ones evacuated in any Colorado wildfire.
• For information on Waldo Canyon fire, call El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-520-7183/7069. For non-emergency enquiries, call 719-955-0742.
• SecureCare Self-Storage is offering 30 days of free storage at all its Colorado Springs-area locations. Call 1-877-907-1649.
• The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is opening its facilities to evacuees until further notice. Also open are day camps for children of evacuees, ages 5 to 12. Evacuees can enroll a child for as many days as they need, space permitting. The Briargate Y camps are full, but the others have openings. YMCA/PPR is also offering Waldo Canyon Fire evacuees use of all YMCA Family Centers and City-Owned, Y-Operated Aquatic and Recreation Facilities free access to showers and recreation with a driver’s license and/or military I.D.
• The Red Cross in Colorado Springs is at 719-632-3563. Red Cross shelters for evacuees are at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road and Summit Middle School, 490 Meadowpark Drive, Divide. If you are east of the fire, the shelter remains at Cheyenne Mountain High School. The shelter at Woodland Park High School, 151 N. Baldwin St., has been closed. Call 719-785-2724 to see if family members are at a shelter.
• Larimer County is providing fire updates and has a public information line, 970-498-5500 (8am-8pm).
• Larimer County instructions to ensure emergency phone notification works for you.
• Starting June 29, IKEA Centennial is offering High Park Fire victims one-time discounts on kitchen and other home furnishings, up to $10,000, through December 31. Ikea will also pull the items and deliver them to the customer (Picking with Delivery). Offers are available to those who show proof of their loss with an official voucher provided by the American Red Cross Northern Colorado Chapter or Larimer County officials. Full details of the offer will be made available on the IKEA Centennial website by June 29.
• Rocky Mountain Health Care Services in Colorado Springs is offering shelter and will take small pets with evacuees, 310 S. 14th St., 719-641-2747.
• Colorado air quality, smoke forecasts are available, citing areas affected.
• Boulder County emergency alerts can be ordered online: everbridge.net.
• University of Colorado emergency alerts require a separate registration: colorado.edu/alerts
• Evacuees in Boulder can take small animals to All Pets Animal Hospital, 5290 Manhattan Circle, 303-499-5335.