Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Disaster Workers 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 Specialist for the Mile High Area. This will be his first deployment to a large-scale disaster outside of Colorado.

Charlotte Hardy, 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

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 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. 

*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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Peak 2 Fire Response

UPDATE for Peak 2 Fire: Friday, July 7, 7PM:
The Red Cross has closed the evacuation center/shelter that was opened for the Peak 2 Fire. All evacuations have been lifted and Red Cross support is no longer needed. Should the fire conditions worsen, the Red Cross stand ready to provide what ever service the community needs.

This will be the last update on the Peak 2 Fire response.

Update for Peak 2 Fire: Friday, July 7, 2017, 2PM: 
Fire activity continues to challenge fire fighters at the Peak 2 Fire. A second fire start was spotted
near Bald Mountain and fire fighters are responding to that as well. The incident commander for the Type 1 team that is now working the fire expressed his concern. "Winds are the biggest challenge up here in this rough terrain."

The Red Cross has adjusted hours for the evacuation center at Summit Middle School. The evacuation center will be open from 8AM to 8PM as long as county officials or the Incident Command team feel it is necessary. Overnight there were no residents at the shelter. Because there appears to be little need for sheltering, the shelter will be placed on standby each night at 8 PM. If there is a need for sheltering the Red Cross can open the shelter quickly.

The chart on the left shows several links that are available to get additional fire information. It is important to remember to validate all rumors about the fire or evacuations.

To get information about evacuating your home or about preparing for wildfires visit our website at We also urge you to download our free, all hazards mobile app called Emergency. You can download it from or from your favorite mobile app vendor.


Update for Peak 2 Fire: Friday, July 7, 2017, 8 AM
Fire activity continued overnight and a Type 1 Fire Team has taken responsibility for the Peak 2 Fire. This will add additional resources to the fire fight. Residents remain on mandatory evacuation and that issue will be accessed throughout the day.

Red Cross volunteer addresses the crowd at the community
meeting held at Summit Middle School. Photo by
Mike Acres/American Red Cross
Overnight there were no residents or request for accommodation at the Summit Middle School shelter. Therefore the shelter was closed at 10 PM and reopened at 8 AM Friday. Meals are not being served at the shelter. There is water, drinks and snacks available for anyone affected by the fire.

A community meeting is planned for 10 AM Friday at Summit Middle School. The meeting will be carried live on local radio stations and Facebook Live on the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District Facebook Page

New links available for information about the Peak 2 Fire
Twitter  @Peak2Fire #Peak2Fire

See links provided below in earlier updates for additional wildfire information.

UPDATE for Peak 2 Fire: Thursday, July 6, 2017, 2 PM

Shelter at Summit Middle School in Frisco. Not much
activity. Photo courtesy Jace Larson, Denver 7
The Peak 2 Fire continues to cause evacuation and pre-evacuation notices in the Breckenridge area. The evacuation center/shelter remains open at Summit Middle School, 158 School Rd., Frisco, CO. Overnight three people stayed at the shelter. The Red Cross will continue to operate the evacuation center as a shelter as long as it is needed.

A press and public briefing will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Summit Middle School in Frisco. Local radio stations will carry the briefing live and on Facebook Live at

Evacuated pets are being helped at the animal shelter, 58 Nancy's Pl., Frisco, CO.

For the latest fire information visit the Incident Information System at

For the latest information from Summit County visit:
Wildfire preparedness and safety tips are available at

How can you help? The best way to help is to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help the Red Cross be ready for to help those in need during emergencies, You can donate on line at, by calling 1-800-redcross, or texting the word redcross to 90999.

What supplies do we need? Currently we have sufficient supplies for those in need. Do not bring in-kind donations to the Red Cross shelter. If supplies are needed a broadcast of that need will be made through traditional and social media.


Update for Peak 2 Fire shelter: 9 PM, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Peak 2 Fire Late Wednesday afternoon.
Photo credite:USFS
The evacuation center located at Summit Middle School in Frisco, CO will be open overnight to provide temporary housing for those affected by the Peak 2 Fire. As of 9 PM one family (2A/1C) have signed into the shelter. Breakfast will be served at the Summit Middle School around 8 AM Thursday. A community meeting is tentatively planned for 10 AM Thursday at the shelter location.

The Red Cross stands ready to support the community through this emergency. We have teams on standby in case there are additional calls for Red Cross support.

Fire conditions and weather forecasts continue to drive the fire that is burning in an area of significant beetle kill. Please stay tuned to local media for the latest information or visit for the latest evacuation orders.


The Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter for people affected by the Peak 2 Fire in Summit County. If you are evacuated please go to Summit Middle School, 158 School Rd, Frisco, CO.

NOTE: The best source for fire information is .

Here are some quick wildfire safety tips. Additional tips are available at

Nearly 270 people helped after disasters in June

American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming, July 3, 2017 — The American Red Cross of 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 the collapsed roofs of two apartment buildings in Lakewood, CO.  Of the 269 people
helped by Red Cross, more than 50 were children under the age of 18, while several of those assisted were age 65 or older.

“This month, as volunteers were responding to help our community on Father’s Day, we are reminded that disaster knows no holiday and can strike at any time,” said Gino Greco, Regional CEO for Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming.

Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:
Mile High Chapter (MHC): 153 individuals received aid; more than 25 were under 18 years old. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.

Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SeCO): 29 individuals received aid; Seven were under 18 years old while three were age 65 or older. The SeCO response area includes 16 counties.

Northern Colorado Chapter (NoCO): Nine individuals received aid; Four were under 18 years old and two were age 65 or older. The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.

Western Colorado Chapter (WeCO): 61 individuals received aid. 15 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: 17 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.