Friday, June 21, 2013

Black Forest Resident Urges Neighbors to Register on Safe and Well

Story by Patricia Kemp, photo by Emery Graham

Edwin Busby is registered on Safe and Well to let friends and family know he’s ok. But he wants to know where his neighbors are and how they’re coping after the B
lack Forest fire.

Edwin hasn’t heard from three families on Shoup and Vollmer Road since June 11 when thousands in his community had to evacuate. He visited the El Paso County Disaster Assistance Center June 18 to scan the online list with Red Cross workers.
Edwin is one of 431 people registered on Safe and Well from the Black Forest fire. He also listed his wife Linda, son John, and granddaughter Samantha. He checks the site every day hoping for news of his neighbors.

“It only takes a few seconds to let people know you’re safe,” he said.

Edwin last saw one of the families, the couple next door, packing up their belongings around 5 p.m. last Tuesday.

“We waved goodbye,” said Edwin. “That’s the last time I saw them. I just want to know they’re ok.”

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