Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cat and Dog First Aid Online Course Now Available

Learn how to provide emergency care for pets until veterinary assistance is available


For more than 100 years, the American Red Cross has been training people to perform first aid skills so they could save the lives of others. Now, the organization announces the release of its new Cat and Dog First Aid online course so that owners will know what to do in an emergency until veterinary care is available.

“Millions of people learn how to respond to emergencies and save lives by enrolling in American Red Cross training programs,” said Gino Greco, CEO for Colorado and Wyoming. “Now, cat and dog owners, pet-sitters and dog walkers can take the Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid online course and learn life-saving skills for their pets.”

People can access the course on their desktop or tablet at redcross.org/catdogfirstaid and go through the content at their own pace. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the course. Participants can stop and pick up where they left off if Fluffy needs a treat or it’s time to take Fido out to the dog park.

The interactive course includes:

· How to determine a pet’s normal vital signs so that owners can notice if there are any irregularities;
· Step-by-step instructions and visual aids for what to do if a pet is choking, needs CPR, has a wound, or is having a seizure; and
· Information on preventative care, health and tips for a pet’s well-being.

DOWNLOAD THE PET FIRST AID APP

The Red Cross Pet First Aid App complements the course by providing cat and dog owners with instant access to expert advice, an animal hospital locator, pet-friendly hotels, content on how to include pets in family emergency preparedness plans and more.

The app can be downloaded for free in mobile app stores or by texting ‘GETPET’ to 90999. American Pet Nutrition is a proud sponsor of the Pet First Aid App.

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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Red Cross helps 110 people after disasters during July 2017


American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming, July 31, 2017 — The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming responds to calls for assistance, on average, twice to three times a day.
From flooding and house fires, or damage caused by weather, Red Cross volunteers respond to provide help and hope 24 hours a day and all 7 days of the week. Of the 110 people helped by Red Cross, more than 40 were children under the age of 18, and nearly a dozen were age 60 or older.

“July has not been as busy for us as the past few months have been,” said Gino Greco, Regional CEO for Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming. “We like to think this reflects a higher level of awareness for the importance of preparedness in the communities we serve.” As part of the Red Cross mission, we continue to educate communities around fire safety and the importance of working smoke alarms, as well as general weather safety.

Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:

Mile High Area (MHC): 40 individuals received aid; Half of those who received help were under 18 years old. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.

Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SeCO): 33 individuals received aid; 11 were under 18 years old while four were age 65 or older. The SeCO response area includes 16 counties.

Northern Colorado Chapter (NoCO): Seven individuals received aid; Four were under 18 years old. The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.

Western Colorado Chapter (WeCO): Seven individuals received aid. Three 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: 23 individuals received aid; Seven were under age 18 with the oldest person receiving assistance being 84. 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.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wyoming Red Crosser Deploying to Wisconsin

Cheyenne, WY - Thursday, July 20, 2017- Red Cross disaster workers deploying to Wisconsin in response to significant flooding.
Flooding in southeast Wisconsin

Heavy rains have caused significant flooding over Wisconsin this week and many people have been displaced requiring the opening of multiple shelters. Additional heavy rain is forecast for the region.

Sylvia Raumaker, a volunteer with the Red Cross of Wyoming, will deploy to Wisconsin to serve as a shelter supervisor. As such, Sylvia will work closely with shelter workers and residents to provide the services needed by those affected. Sylvia has been a Red Cross disaster worker for several years and is a frequent responder when the call of support is given. Sylvia recently returned from supporting the affected by the Arizona wildfires in June.

Red Cross volunteers and staff are currently working more than 15 disaster responses from California to New York. A typical deployment to a large scale disaster is from 14 to 21 days. If you would like to become a Red Cross disaster responder visit our website at www.redcross.org and click on the word Volunteer.

The Red Cross relies on donations to help disaster victims. Please click, text or call to
donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters big and small. Every single
donation brings hope to those in need.

You can help people affected by disasters like floods and wildfire crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to
make a $10 donation.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Disaster Responders Heading to California Wildfires

Smoke from California wildfires. Photo courtesy NOAA/NWS
Denver, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending disaster workers to help with the wildfires currently in California.

Dennis Hughes, with the Mile High Area Red Cross will deploy as a shelter supervisor. Hughes is currently the Disaster Program Manager for the Mile High Area. This will be his first deployment to a large-scale disaster outside of Colorado.

, a volunteer from Powell, WY with the Red Cross of Wyoming, will travel to California to serve as a shelter supervisor for the shelters in California. As such she will supervise shelter operations to ensure high quality service delivery for those in the shelters. Charlotte has deployed to many large-scale disasters across the country.

To see the latest news about how you can help the Red Cross help the hundreds of people that have lost everything due to the wildfires in California visit http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Responds-as-Wildfires-Rage-in-California.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Here When You Need Us; No Matter Your Rank

Every day, the American Red Cross provides 24/7 global emergency communication services and support to members of the military community and their families. Through a network of volunteers and staff, we are here when you need us; no matter your rank.

Recently, we had the honor to talk with Major General Reiner, Adjutant General for Wyoming, about his experience with the Red Cross emergency communication process. Throughout his military career General Reiner has seen the process used to help his fellow service men and women, but it wasn't until he had his own personal family emergency that he got to see how the process worked first hand. As an Honorary Board Member for the Red Cross of Wyoming, General Reiner has a strong connection to the Red Cross services and knew who to call when he needed to have his daughter, who was on active duty away from home, return home when her grandmother passed away. "There is a process in place that is important, no matter what rank you get to," said General Reiner. "When you have an emergency the Red Cross provides validity and substantiates the request." Red Cross verified information assists service members and their commanding officers with making a decision regarding emergency leave.

People eligible to receive an emergency communication message include:
• Anyone on active duty in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard
• An activated member of the Guard and Reserve of all branches of the U.S.
Armed Forces
• An immediate family member or dependent of anyone in the above categories
• A civilian employed by or under contract to the Department of Defense and
stationed outside the Continental United States and any family residing with them
at that location
• A Cadet or midshipman at a service academy; ROTC cadet on orders for training
• A Merchant Marine aboard a U.S. Naval Ship

Knowing in advance that military families will be able to reach their loved one and have access to financial and other types of assistance during an emergency brings peace of mind to families who are separated. "You know bad things happen in life and as we, in the military, are scattered all over the world it is important to have rapid and accurate information," said General Reiner. "This network of great Red Cross volunteers is here, and they're doing a great service in the states and across the nation. When you need them, they are here. You just have to make sure you know who to call."

The Red Cross has a new online option to give military families more flexibility and expanded access to help during times of crisis. People can now request help online at redcross.org/HeroCareNetwork or by calling 877-272-7337. This new and secure online option is easy to use and just like the toll free number, is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the world. With this new online option, in addition to starting an emergency message, online users will be able to monitor the status of there message as it goes through the verification and delivery process.

The American Red Cross Hero Care App is another way we help members of the military, veterans and their families identify and access both emergency and non-emergency Red Cross services from anywhere around the world. The Hero Care App is available to download for free in app stores, by texting 'GETHEROCARE' to 90999 or by clicking the following link from a mobile device. http://3cu.be/sharehc. 

*Photo used, courtesy of Major General Reiner and family. 

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.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sending Volunteers to Help with Arizona Fires



Disaster Workers Deploying to Support Wildfire Response
Workers will bring help and hope to those recovering from devastating wildfires

Denver, Thursday, June 29, 2017 - The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending disaster volunteers to help with the wildfires currently in Arizona and New Mexico.

Terri Faulkner, a volunteer from Greeley, CO with the Red Cross of Northern Colorado will travel to Arizona to be a shelter worker. As such she will work closely with people that have evacuated from the wildfire south of Prescott, AZ. This will be her first deployment to a large-scale disaster outside of Colorado.

Sylvia Raumaker, a volunteer from Jackson, WY with the Red Cross of Wyoming, will travel to Arizona to serve as a shelter supervisor for the shelters near Prescott, AZ. As such she will supervise shelter operations to ensure high quality service delivery for those in the shelters. This will be the ninth deployment for Sylvia.

To see the latest news about how you can help the Red Cross help the hundreds of people that have lost everything due to the wildfires in Arizona and New Mexico visit www.redcross.org.



Lightner Creek Wildfire Response

Durango, CO, Thursday, June 29, 2017, 2 PM - The Red Cross has opened a shelter for those people evacuated due to the Lightner Creek Wildfire near Durango, CO.

The shelter was originally opened at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Wednesday evening. At noon on Thursday, the shelter was moved to the Escalante Middle School located at 141 Baker Lane, Durango, CO. The shelter will remain open for as long as the need continues.

La Plata County Fairgrounds will continue to be used but to house the firefighters and the Incident Command Team.

People with pets will need to take them to the La Plata Fairgrounds for temporary housing that is provided by the La Plata County Humane Society,

HOW YOU CAN HELP
The easiest and best way to help at this time is to make a financial donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can do that by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, going on line to RedCross.org or by texting the word redcross to 90999. The text will generate a $10 donation that will show up on your phone bill.

IN-KIND DONATIONS
Please do not bring donations to the shelter at the Escalante Middle School. At this time we have sufficient supplies to take care of those people in our shelter and to take care of the fire fighters. Should the need arise for donated items that information will be broadcast through social media and traditional media.

WILDFIRE INFORMATION
Information about the progress of the fire and evacuation requirements are available from the Durango community hotline at 970-385-8700 and at the La Plata County Facebook page at facebook.com/LaPlataCo. Follow the Red Cross on Twitter using @WCORedcross and follow La Plata County usinf @LaPlataCountyCO. 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lightning Safety Information

By Bill Fortune

It is that time of year when outdoor activities conflict with hazardous weather. Working with the National Weather Service, we thought it would be helpful to provide some discussion about outdoor lightning risk reduction.

Being outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a thunderstorm. Each year, nearly all people in the United States injured or killed by lightning were involved in an outdoor activity. They were struck while working outside, were at or participating at an outdoor sporting event, or were boating or fishing. Other examples include people struck while they were hiking, mowing the lawn or simply going to or from their car. Quite a few were on their own property when they were struck.


Unfortunately, there is no place outside that is safe from lightning. 

The only safe place to be when lightning is occurring is either inside a substantial building, or an enclosed automobile. Here are some important things to remember before venturing outdoors:

  • An informed decision will help you avoid being in an area where lightning is expected to occur. Before heading out, get an updated forecast. 
  • Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, check National Weather Service web sites, go to your favorite broadcast or print media, or access your favorite weather apps on your cell phone for the latest forecast. 
  • In Wyoming, it is important to remember that thunderstorms typically develop in the mountains after 11 am. So it is best to plan your climbing or hiking trip so that you are coming down the mountain by late morning. If thunderstorms are in the forecast, consider planning an alternate indoor activity or, if you still plan to be outside, make a plan which will allow you to quickly get to a safe shelter if a storm should develop. 
  • Once you are outside, keep up-to-date on the weather via your smart phone or portable NOAA weather radio receiver. Check for updated forecasts. Check if storms are near you by checking the latest radar imagery on your cell phone. There are now several smart phone apps you can purchase that show you real-time lightning activity in your area. 
  • Do not forget to simply look around you to make sure storms are not developing in your vicinity. 


Two outdoor lightning scenarios


  • Outside and shelter is nearby. If you are outside, such as a park, a lake, or an outdoor sporting event, know where the nearest safe location can be accessed.. A safe location is any substantial building (A substantial building is a structure which is fully enclosed and has electrical wiring and plumbing). Examples of substantial buildings include a business, a home, or a church. In addition, any enclosed hard-topped car or truck also offers excellent protection from a lightning strike. 
    • Once you hear thunder or see lightning, immediately stop what you are doing and quickly get to the safe shelter. Do not wait until the rain starts to seek safe shelter. 
    • Once inside a safe shelter, it is recommended you stay there for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. Past history has shown that most people who were outdoors and were injured or killed by lightning had access to a nearby safe shelter. 
    • Do not wait to seek safe shelter when lightning threatens. 
    • When you hear thunder or see lightning, it is important for you, and your family, to act quickly. 
    • It is critically important to avoid shelters that are not safe from lightning, such as picnic shelters, bullpens, any type of tent, or any other small buildings that are open to the elements. 
    • NEVER...NEVER...get under a tree when a thunderstorm is nearby or overhead. 
    • It is important that all sports leagues and other outdoor groups have a lightning response plan that is understood and consistently applied for the safety of the participants. Part of the plan would include a designated weather watcher at each outdoor event with the authority to postpone or cancel the event due to the threat of lightning. It is also important that people know where to seek safe shelter if a storm should threaten. 
  • If no safe shelter is nearby. This situation typically occurs to people who are hiking or camping in the back country. Unfortunately, in this scenario, there is not much you can do to reduce your risk from being struck by lightning. 

    • The best thing to do is move away from tall isolated objects, such as trees. 
    • Stay away from wide open areas. 
    • Stay as low as possible with your feet close together if lightning is nearby. 
    • If you are with a group of people, spread out, that way if someone is struck by lightning, the others can offer first aid. 
    • If camping in the back country, place your tent in a low area away from tall isolated trees. 
Much of the material and the graphics for this article were provided by the National Weather Service. For more information about lightning safety visit www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov. For information about preparing for emergencies visit www.redcross.org. For detailed weather information anytime visit www.weather.gov.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Red Cross Helps 158 People after Disasters

American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming, June 8, 2017 — The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming responds to calls for assistance, on average, twice to three times a day across the two-state region. Of the 158 people helped, more than 60 were age 60 or older.

Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:
Mile High Chapter (MHC): 53 individuals received aid; 25 were children under 18 years old and one person was age 60 or older. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.

Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SECO): 33 individuals received aid; ten were under 18 years old with two being over 60 years of age. The SECO response area includes 16 counties.

Northern Colorado Chapter (NOCO): 18 individuals received aid; ten were under 18 years old and one over age 60. The NOCO response area includes 11 counties.

Western Colorado Chapter (WCO): 38 individuals received aid; 15 were under 18 years old and two were over age 60. The WCO response area covers 27 counties, serving all of western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.

Wyoming Chapter (WYO): 16 individuals received aid; six children and one person over 60 years of age were among those assisted. 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. 

For the latest news about the Red Cross response across the country visit our national website at redcross.org

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Better Together; Partnerships Prepare Communities


The Wind River Indian Reservation has seen disaster numerous times with past flooding, and this year will be no exception. When the Red Cross responds to flooded homes it's not just another house, but community members who have immediate needs.

"It's a great feeling when you can come alongside and offer assistance. It's an even better feeling when we have can join forces with partners to prepare a community in advance; to try and prevent loss of life and property," said Kaleigh Good, Disaster Program Manager for Red Cross of Wyoming.

Red Cross is proud to have been invited by the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes into a partnership for pre-flood mitigation. The partnership extends well beyond this pre-flood mitigation, as Red Cross frequently collaborates with Northern Arapaho Emergency Manager Harvey Spoonhunter and Eastern Shoshone Emergency Manager Vernon Hill. Together, Red Cross, Team Rubicon Region VIII, and Tribal Emergency Management officials are advocates for emergency preparedness and positioning the community for a stronger, more resilient place to call home.

On day one of the mitigation project, Team Rubicon Region VIII Members gathered around for a morning briefing. "We are here to help protect life and property today; to hopefully keep some families from having to worry about the flooding that may occur," said the Team Leader. Team Rubicon Volunteers were thankful to the Red Cross for providing the support that allowed them to be part of the efforts and will spend the next few days filling sandbags in efforts to prepare the community in advance of the snow melt.

Many members of the community began stacking sandbags several weeks ago as they prepared for severe flooding; the current snow water equivalent is more than 300% the normal range in the Wind River Basin.

"This is my first mitigation. It's hard to come in and see the aftermath so this is nice to be here to hopefully help prevent some of that loss, " said Ashley Crandall, Team Rubicon volunteer who came in from Texas to help support the community. Many of the volunteers from Team Rubicon have traveled a great distance to be here helping this community, whose families see and experience some level of flooding every year. Take, for example,  Crawford, who has lived on the Wind River Reservation his entire life. He and his family, which consists of more than 100 brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, and uncles are all part of this tight knit community on the reservation. "We are a lot more prepared now than we were in 2010," he said as he shared with us his experience of past flooding in the community and what they are doing to prepare for what they know is on the way. "It's great to see all the people who are coming together to help each other and to help their neighbors get ahead of it this year," he said.

"We thought it was done snowing...but then we got more. That means more water in the rivers when it starts to melt and it all flows right down here," Crawford said.

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. The Red Cross provides several tools such as a free Emergency App which can be set to alert you to potential threats like flash flooding. You can learn more by clicking HERE, or from your mobile phone, Text GETEMERGENCY to 90999.

Learn more about flood safety and preparedness, as well as what to do before, during, and after a flood event, or how YOU can help those who are affected by flooding this year at redcross.org.

Photos By: Red Cross Volunteer, Nigel F. Holderby

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.

Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

By Nigel Holderby

American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming: May 25, 2017 — Many folks will spend the upcoming Memorial Day weekend taking a road trip, having their first picnic of the season or enjoying that first dip in the lake or pool. Follow these American Red Cross tips to stay safe and relish all the long holiday weekend has to offer. 

DRIVING SAFETY 

  • Be well rested and alert, use your seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. 
  • If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink. 
  • Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones. 
  • Use caution in work zones. There are lots of construction projects underway on the highways. 
  • Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. 
  • Make frequent stops. 
  • Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night. Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather. Don’t overdrive your headlights. 
  • Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
  • Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. 
  • Let someone know where you are going, your route and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route. 

GRILLING SAFETY 
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. 
  • Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area. 
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.  
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire. 
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe. 
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills. 

WATER SAFETY  
The following tips are layers of protection that will help people stay safe in, on and around the water: 

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  • Do your part, be water smart! Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. 
  • Adults: actively supervise children; stay within arm’s reach of young children and newer swimmers. And kids: follow the rules. 
  • Don’t fool with a pool: fence it in. Enclose your pool and spa with four-sided, four-foot fencing and use self-closing, self-latching gates. 
  • Don’t just pack it; wear your U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket – always when on a boat and if in a situation beyond your skill level. Inflatable children’s toys and water wings can be fun, but they are no substitute for a life jacket and adult supervision. 
  • Swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair - everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas protected by lifeguards. 
  • Reach or throw, don't go! Know what to do to help someone in trouble, without endangering yourself; know how and when to call 9-1-1; and know CPR. DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. The Red Cross Swim App promotes water safety education and helps parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim. The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips. Download these apps by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps. 

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.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Wyoming Flood Response

Cheyenne, WY, Friday, February 17, 2017,
UPDATE - Noon
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:
UPDATE - 8 AM
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; cindi.shank@redcross.org.
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Cheyenne, WY, Tuesday, February 14, 2017:
UPDATE - 10 AM
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 http://wyohomelandsecurity.state.wy.us/

If anyone needs assistance due to the flooding, they should call the Red Cross of Wyoming 24-hour disaster response line: (307) 222-8272.
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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.

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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.