Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Red Cross Needs YOU!

The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is seeking volunteers for a variety of volunteer positions across the two states. The week of April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week and we want to give you the opportunity to turn your caring and compassion into volunteer action with the Red Cross.
Red Cross volunteer hands out needed emergency
items. Photo American Red Cross

In 2016 the Red Cross responded in Colorado and Wyoming  to home fires, apartment fires, hail storms, tornadoes, floods and wildfires. In each case residents needed to be sheltered, cared for and supported through recovery. Nearly all of that work was done by trained local volunteers who gave their time, energy and compassion to be the bright spot in an otherwise dark moment.  Many of our volunteers deployed to other states to help with large scale disasters.

It's that time of year...again!
As the spring flood and severe weather season approaches the Red Cross prepares to respond to help people affected by disasters. That preparation includes recruitment and training of new volunteers, preparing the community and maintaining equipment and supplies.
“Our volunteers are truly dedicated to providing support for people affected by disasters,” said Gino Greco, CEO  for the Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming. “We owe them our thanks and gratitude.” Greco also said that the organization needs more volunteers, especially in the small towns and more remote areas of the territory.

Working one-on-one with those in need.
Photo: Arnett Luce/American Red Cross
We need you, NOW!
Red Cross volunteer opportunities abound and range from being a disaster volunteer to a community leader and spokesperson. Our volunteers work be hind the scenes and directly with people in need. They work from home or from the scene of a disaster.

While experience and skill sets are useful, the Red Cross will provide the training needed at no cost.

How Can You Volunteer?
 To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities check out our web page at Click on the VOLUNTEER tab on the left and get started as a Red Cross volunteer.

Hear what one volunteer has to say about his "Red Cross Moment".

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Red Cross Helps 220 People after Home Fires During March 2017

American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming, April 3, 2017 — The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming responded to calls for assistance, on average, twice to three times a day during the month of March. Of the 220 people helped, at least 80 were children under the age of 18 including several infants. More than 20 of those assisted were age 60 or older.

Volunteers help a man displaced by strong winds. Photo by
Arnett Luce/American Red Cross
“Not only did we help a lot of people when they had a personal disaster, we also opened multiple
shelters across the two-state region because of wild fires, flooding, and blizzard conditions that affected travel. Our volunteers have been extremely busy and we could not provide this level of support to the community without them and the generosity of our donors,” said Gino Greco, Regional CEO for Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming.

Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:

Mile High Chapter (MHC): 105 individuals received aid; 38 were under 18 years old. Eight people were age 60 or older. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.

Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SECO): 29 individuals received aid; five were under 18 years old. The SECO response area includes 16 counties.

Northern Colorado Chapter (NOCO): 38 individuals received aid; 16 were under 18 years old and three were age 60 or older. The NOCO response area includes 11 counties.

Western Colorado Chapter (WCO): 20 individuals received aid. Eight of those helped were under 18 and four were over 60 years old. The WCO response area covers 27 counties, serving all of western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.

Wyoming Chapter (WYO): 28 individuals received aid; 13 were under age 18. 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.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Turn and Test - When you set your clocks, test your smoke alarm

a.m. so turn the clocks ahead one hour. The American Red Cross reminds everyone it’s also a good time to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead an hour.
“When you turn your clocks ahead this weekend, it’s a great time to also test your smoke alarms,” said Gino Greco, CEO for the Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming.  He added “Take a few minutes to replace your smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working.”
Video Testimonial - Don't Forget to Yell FIRE!
It’s also a good time for everyone to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared 
for emergencies.
  • Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, they should install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.
  • Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Get a kit. Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.
  • Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.
  • Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.
Red Cross Smoke Alarm Installation
Home Fire Campaign The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, launched in October 2014, is a multi-year nationwide initiative to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent. As of January 31, 2017, the Red Cross and its partners have helped to save at least 159 lives and installed more than 702,000 smoke alarms in 9,100 cities and towns nationwide.
Working with more than 4,000 partners, the campaign has reached more than 806,000 people and made nearly 294,000 households safer, replacing more than 41,000 smoke alarm batteries and helping create more than 248,000 home fire escape plans. Through programs like The Pillowcase Project,  the campaign has also helped teach more than 707,000 young people about home fire preparedness and safety.
People can visit to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire and other emergencies. Visit to find out about smoke alarm installation events here in Utah.
 The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfill its crucial mission. If someone would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Red Cross Shelter in Basin, WY

2/23/17 UPDATE:  Red Cross of Wyoming has closed their shelter in Basin. Those needing shelter were assisted with temporary lodging and immediate needs. 

If others have been affected by the flooding and need assistance, they should call the Wyoming Red Cross 24-hour Disaster Response Line: (307) 222-8272.
If you have questions please contact Senior Disaster Program Manager Cindi Shank at (307) 689-0886;

2/22/17:Red Cross of Wyoming is opening a shelter in Basin to assist people displaced by the current ice jam flooding. 
The shelter is at the Big Horn Fairgrounds in Basin: 315 Holdrege Ave, Basin, WY 82410 

Those displaced will be able to get shelter, snacks, water and information about available assistance. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available. If you have questions please contact Senior Disaster Program Manager Cindi Shank at (307) 689-0886;
The Red Cross suggests those who plan to stay in a Red Cross evacuation shelter bring the following items for each member of their family: 
prescription and emergency medication 
medical equipment such as a wheelchair/walker, oxygen, etc.
extra clothing 
pillows, blankets and sleeping bags
hygiene supplies
flashlight with extra batteries
small board games, books for entertainment 
Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled. You may not bring illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or weapons into the shelter. Please remember, this is an evacuation shelter and while food and drinks will be provided, other amenities may not be available. By following the above list, you can help make your stay more pleasant.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Wyoming Flood Response

Cheyenne, WY, Friday, February 17, 2017,
The Red Cross continues to support people affected by the ice jam flooding on the Big Horn River in Wyoming. Teams and supplies have moved to Basin,WY as the try to move with the ice jam so they can respond quickly.

Students from Ms. Bennett's Home Economics class at Worland Middle School made casseroles for Red Cross personnel and one of the local churches providing meals for displaced individuals. The Red Cross disaster workers appreciated the food and were happy to see community support from the 6th graders. Cori Tanner, one of the disaster workers in Worland is from Colorado and appreciated the support. "Our disaster workers are away from home so this meal really makes them feel like they are part of the community in Worland." Tanner said.
Ms Bennet's Home Economics class with Red Cross disaster workers in
Worland, WY. Photo by Cori Tanner/American Red Cross.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cheyenne, WY, Wednesday, February 15, 2017:
The Red Cross has closed the shelter in Worland that was opened to support those people evacuated from their homes due to flooding.

Red Cross volunteers remain in Worland, completing damage assessment and providing residents with assistance and information about the resources available to them to help them clean up and recover. Red Cross will remain on the scene until there is no longer a threat to local residents.
Red Cross is also working with officials in Big Horn County to prepare for the ice jam to move north and possibly affect the towns of Manderson and Greybull.

If you have questions, please contact Senior Disaster Program Manager Cindi Shank at (307) 689-0886;
Cheyenne, WY, Tuesday, February 14, 2017:
The Red Cross continues to respond to the threat of flooding in Wyoming.

More than 100 homes were evacuated last weekend as the Big Horn River breached its banks due to the ice jam. The river has receded and water is flowing downstream. Concerns are now shifting to those towns downstream that may be affected.

The Red Cross shelter in Worland remains open and more than a dozen Red Cross disaster workers are in the area providing damage assessments and providing relief supplies.

Updated flood information is available at

If anyone needs assistance due to the flooding, they should call the Red Cross of Wyoming 24-hour disaster response line: (307) 222-8272.
Cheyenne, WY, Monday, February 13, 2017 UPDATE- 10 AM
The Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming is expanding the disaster workforce in support of the flooding in Wyoming. Fourteen people have been assigned to help support.

Seven of those assigned are from Wyoming and seven are  from Colorado.  Each disaster worker has been assigned to a specialty:
Logistics - 1
Sheltering - 4
Operations Coordination - 5
Client Casework - 3
Staff Services - 1

Each person will operate primarily in their specialty but will also provide support in other specialties as needed.

A shelter remains open in Worland, at the Worland Community Center. Additional damage assessment will be conducted today to determine the need for additional resources. While five people stayed at the Worland shelter Friday night and Saturday night, the population for Sunday night was zero.


Cheyenne, WY, Sunday, February 12, 2017 - morning update:

Red Cross of Wyoming is continuing to assist those affected by ice jam flooding in Worland and Hudson.
In Worland, where 102 homes have been evacuated, Red Cross has opened a center to provide snacks, water and information. The center is at the Worland Community Center, 1200 Culbertson, in Worland. In Hudson, Disaster Assessment is being conducted on approximately 50 homes affected by the flooding.
Warmer temperatures for the next few days could mean more flooding. Red Cross will continue to be on scene and assist where needed.

Cheyenne, WY, Saturday, February 11, 2017, Noon update.

Red Cross of Wyoming has opened a shelter in Worland, WY to assist those people affected by the ice jam flooding occurring now. 

The shelter is at the Worland Community Center, 1200 Culbertson in Worland. Those affected can receive food, shelter and information.

If you have questions, please contact Senior Disaster Program Manager Cindi Shank at (307) 689-

Ice has jammed the Big Horn River as it goes through the town of Worland. Flooding is occurring behind the jam due to the river backing up at the jam site. EM is anticipating evacuation of about 75 homes.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Teton Village Power Outage Response

Updated February 15, 2017. Power has been returned to the Teton Village area and roads are open. The Red Cross closed the warming center on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
Updated February 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

The American Red Cross has opened a warming center at Jackson Fairgrounds, 305 W Snow King Ave, Jackson, WY 83001. This warming center is in place to support residents and tourists in the Teton Village Area who lost power due to avalanche activity that occurred on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

 People affected by the power outage can go to the Jackson Fairgrounds to have a warm, safe place to stay with food and beverages. They can also get updated information concerning the power outage. Information about the restoration of power in the Teton Village area is available on Facebook at

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sending More Disaster Workers to Southeaster U.S.

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles deliver meals to
people recovering from tornado damage.
Photo:American Red  Cross
The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending additional disaster workers to support the response to the devastating tornado damage in the southeast U.S.  Typical deployments are 14 to 21 days depending on the needs of those affected by the disaster.

Sylvia Raumaker, from the Wyoming Chapter and Ron Hedrick from the Northern Colorado Chapter departed Sunday and will serve as a sheltering supervisors in southern Mississippi. As such, they will be responsible for the care and support of the twenty-one people who are still living in a Red Cross shelter following the devastating tornadoes that hit the area January 21, 2017.

These two will bring the total number of Colorado and Wyoming volunteer deployments to the southeast tornado and flood response to seven.

Volunteers give help and hope to those affected by the
tornadoes. Photo:American Red Cross
Following the tornado outbreak, Red Cross disaster workers were on the ground immediately providing support for those affected and those responding. More than 1,100 homes were affected by the tornadoes and floods in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.  Most current estimates suggest that the Red Cross will spend more than $1 million helping the people affected by the storms.

If you want to see the latest information about the Red Cross response to the damage caused by the southeast U.S. tornadoes, visit our web site at