Thursday, May 11, 2017

Red Cross Helps 133 People After Disasters in 2017

American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming, May 3, 2017 — The American Red Cross of
Red Cross responder in front of apartment fire.
Photo:American Red Cross
Colorado & Wyoming responded to calls for assistance, on average, twice to three times a day to disasters of all types. From flooding and house fires, to several homes collapsing from being hit by a vehicle. Of the 133 people helped by Red Cross, at least 40 were children under the age of 18 including several infants. Nearly 20 of those assisted were age 60 or older.  

“Not only are we providing this daily assistance in response to disasters, we also had a lot of people get trained in live saving skills,” said Gino Greco, Regional CEO for Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming. In the Denver Mile High Chapter office alone, there were more than 70 training classes held during the month of April.

Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:
Mile High Chapter (MHC): 33 individuals received aid; Eight were under 18 years old. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.

Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SoCO): 22 individuals received aid; Nine were under 18 years old. The SoCO response area includes 16 counties.

Northern Colorado Chapter (NoCO): 27 individuals received aid; Seven were under 18 years old and six were age 60 or older. The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.

Western Colorado Chapter (WeCO): 35 individuals received aid. 11 of those helped were under 18 years old. The WeCo response area covers 27 counties, serving all western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.

Wyoming Chapter: 16 individuals received aid; Five 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. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Disaster Workers Deploying to Missouri


Workers will bring help and hope to those recovering from devastating floods

The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending disaster staff and volunteers to Missouri to help with the flood recovery efforts.

Darcie Wisehart will deploy to serve on the Disaster Mental Health team. Her role is to work with the people affected and the deployed Red Cross volunteers to support their emotional needs. Wiseheart is a volunteer with the Red Cross Wyoming chapter and lives in Greybull, WY. This will be her third deployment in less than 12 months.

Patricia Cook is a Red Cross nurse and will deploy to Missouri to help those affected and Red Cross volunteers deployed to the region with their health and wellness needs. Cook is a volunteer with the Red Cross of Western Colorado and lives in Montrose, CO. This will be her second deployment.

The Red Cross responds to 66,000 disasters each year. The best way to help people affected by disasters, both big and small, is to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. People can donate to our Disaster Relief Fund at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or www.redcross.org, or simply text the word redcross to 90999 to donate $10 through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to your mobile phone bill the following month.

To see the latest news about how you can help the Red Cross help the hundreds of people that have lost everything due the recent tornadoes and floods go to:

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Severe-Weather-Impacts-Multiple-States-Red-Cross-Responds

Monday, May 1, 2017

Red Cross Mile High Youth Advisory Board Seeking Applicants - Deadline May 31, 2017

2016-2017 Mile High Youth Advisory Board
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." The great thing about this statement is it doesn't say "if you're old enough" or "if you're young enough"...it says EVERYBODY. 

Here in the Mile High area we are calling all students with a passion for community service, taking initiative in their leadership positions, and enthusiasm for working with others to produce a positive means of changing their community.

The American Red Cross Mile High Youth Advisory Board is looking for rising freshmen and sophomores. As a part of the American Red Cross, accepted applicants will be a part of one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world at the highest level in Colorado AND Wyoming. 

Accepted applicants will oversee Red Cross youth activities across the Colorado-Wyoming region, working closely with regional headquarters in Denver. Students will have opportunities to gain professional development, leadership, project planning and facilitation skills. Accepted applicants will be able to work with a wide range of Red Cross personnel, planning activities for fellow youth volunteers, and leading in non-profit setting. Thinking of college? Seeing the American Red Cross name on any application will greatly boost one's chances of being accepted and receiving scholarships!

Accepted applicants must commit to monthly meetings at Mile High Area Regional Headquarters in Denver (444 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203), be it by virtual or in-person means. Prospective applicants must also commit to continuous correspondence with other board members through group messaging, conference calls, and/or email between meetings. 

Interested?
  1. Visit www.redcross.org/volunteer and complete the online orientation.
  2. Register on Volunteer Connection here. Scroll down and click "Youth Application". Follow this process. 
  3. Start your application in the meantime and submit before the deadline, regardless of whether you are done registering.
More information on the Mile High Youth Advisory Board can be found here, and take a look at www.redcross.org to learn more about the organization, its values, and lines of service.

The application can be accessed at: MHC Youth Application

Applications are due on May 31st, 2017, 11:59 MST - Please email Ashley Turner prior to the deadline for additional information regarding the submission process. 

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 www.redcross.org/wyoming. 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 redcross.org to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire and other emergencies. Visit www.redcross.org/Wyoming 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 www.redcross.org, 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; cindi.shank@redcross.org.


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; cindi.shank@redcross.org.
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.