Friday, June 21, 2013

Clapp Family Was Prepared to Evacuate

Story by Patricia Kemp

Even as the fire damage to her home remains uncertain, Belinda Clapp’s mind is on helping others. She wants to volunteer for the Red Cross. Belinda and her five-year-old son, Matthew, stopped at the Red Cross aid table at the El Paso County Disaster Assistance Center seeking safety tips for when her family can return home.

Belinda would make an excellent volunteer as a Red Cross safety instructor. She taught her family to be prepared so they could evacuate at a moment’s notice. When the call came to vacate their Black Forest neighborhood, Belinda and her family were ready.  Family photos and the children’s artwork were scanned on a laptop she could grab and go. Knowing her precious archives aren’t destroyed gives her comfort. Belinda’s husband also told their three boys each could pick five toys to take. One of her sons chose his stuffed gorilla. It gives him comfort.

“I want to encourage everyone to make a list and get a kit together so you can take what’s important,” Belinda said.

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