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October 29, 2013 10:01 AM

Colorado Flooding - How To Help

Colorado Floods How to Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods. As with every disaster relief effort, donate to the charity of your choice and only donate to reputable agencies. To learn more about non-profits throughout the state go to www.211colorado.org or call 211.

American Red Cross
1-800-RED CROSS
www.redcross.org/donate/
The American Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management, the Colorado National Guard and local community partners to support shelters and evacuation centers in numerous locations for residents affected by flash flooding.
Red Cross volunteers are staffing shelters or evacuation centers at numerous locations throughout the state, providing a safe place for people to evacuate as well as blankets, cots, food and comfort. To support the Red Cross’ efforts please consider making a donation.
For more information about the Red Cross efforts in Colorado, visit ColoradoRedCross.org
The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a central location for people in disaster areas to register their current status, and for their loved ones to access that information. Register or Search the Safe and Well Listings at redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing

The Salvation Army
You can donate money at imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Floods.”
You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.
Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Floods” and sent to – The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 60006, Prescott, AZ 86304
The Salvation Army is NOT accepting in-kind items at this time.

United Ways of Colorado Flood Recovery Fund
The United Ways of Colorado have come together to help and support communities throughout Colorado who have been impacted by the recent floods. Since the floods began, the Colorado network of United Ways has extended help through their 2-1-1 call centers with flood assistance and information, volunteer recruitment, and donation information. liveunitedcolorado.org

Help Colorado Now
HelpColoradoNow.com is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD). This initiative brings together government agencies and non-profit organizations so they may better assist communities affected by disasters. – www.HelpColoradoNow.com

MGive
The mGive Colorado Relief Fund is dedicated to serving and helping those affected by the floods. Your donations will go towards organizations servicing and responding to the affected regions.
You can text FLOOD to 80108 to donate $10. You can go online to learn more http://mobilize.mgive.com/help-colorado-flood-victims

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
The recent flood caused a staggering amount of damage to our parks and open spaces. Wildlands Restoration Volunteers has THREE opportunities coming up, in partnership with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks and Eldorado Canyon State Park to help in the flood recovery effort. Get more information at www.wlrv.org.

Friday, November 1 – MESA TRAIL FLOOD REPAIRS
The Mesa Trail is a very popular destination on City of Boulder Open Space. Like so many other trails, it was severely damaged by the recent flood.
From 9:00am to 3:00pm, volunteers will repair trail damage. We’ll hike in about 20 minutes from the South Mesa Trailhead. The flood washed out a portion of the trail, leaving 2-3 foot deep gullies and a large gravel deposit off the trail. Volunteers will repair the trail by filling in trail gullies, moving gravel with shovels and wheelbarrows.
TO REGISTER, Visit https://wlrv.net/index.php?section=events&action=list&type=projects#event1303

Saturday, November 2 – ELDORADO CANYON TRAIL FLOOD REPAIRS
Beautiful Eldorado Canyon State Park, south of Boulder, is a very popular destination for hiking, rock climbing and other outdoor activities. It too was severely damaged by the flood, with washed out trails and stream damage.
From 9:00am to 4:00pm, volunteers will repair trail damage at several sites and remove flood debris.
TO REGISTER, Visit… https://wlrv.net/index.php?section=events&action=list&type=projects#event1302

All Hands Volunteers

All Hands Volunteers is now accepting volunteers on Project Colorado to help with Colorado Flood Response … http://hands.org/

Message From Peyton Manning

In the following audio recording, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning asks fellow Coloradans to help out with flood relief and donate “whatever they can.”

Colorado Housing Search
ColoradoHousingSearch.com is helping flood victims in Boulder and Larimer Counties.
Donations for VACANT rental properties, vacation homes, can be listed through Colorado Housing Search. Please note donated rooms in homes can NOT be accepted
1-877-428-8844
coloradohousingsearch.com

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Colorado Farm Bureau has set up a disaster fund to aid farmers and ranchers directly impacted by the recent flooding in northeast Colorado.
Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and donations through PayPal are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-Colorado Floods in the memo line. They can be sent to:
Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112
coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund

Weld County Flood Relief Fund
The Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County and the United Way of Weld County have teamed together to help in long-term recovery efforts. Donations can be made to the Weld County Flood Relief Fund through either organization.
- United Way of Weld County
Call: 970-353-4300
unitedway-weld.org/
- Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County
Call: 970-304-9970 or visit www.cfsgwc.org

Foothills United Way – Foothills Flood Relief Fund
Foothills United Way has established the ‘Foothills Flood Relief Fund’ in response to the impact of the severe flooding across Boulder and Broomfield counties. The funds raised through this effort will be used toward health and human services for those affected by the flooding in Boulder and Broomfield counties.
unitedwayfoothills.org

Longmont Community Foundation – St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund
The Longmont Community Foundation has established the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund. 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards helping the community recover from the devastation of the recent flooding. You may contribute online, by calling 303-678-6555, OR by sending a check to The Longmont Community Foundation, ATTN: The St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund, 636 Coffman, Suite 203, Longmont CO 80501 … longmontfoundation.org

CU-Boulder Disaster Recovery Fund
To provide support for disaster recovery at the University of Colorado Boulder visit cufund.org/giving-opportunities/fund-description/

Harvest of Hope Food Pantry
Harvest of Hope (harvestofhopepantry.org) needs supplies to help the victims of the flood. (Please bring items directly to 2960 Valmont Road in Boulder.) Needed items include: Peanut Butter, Beans, Water, Milk, Tuna Fish, Canned Meals, Socks, Blankets

Community Food Share Serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties
To support the Community Food Share you can call 303-652-3663 or go to communityfoodshare.org

Weld Food Bank
Food donations can be taken to 1108 H Street in Greeley. The food bank is open for donations from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The food bank also needs volunteers to help sort and safety check food and build emergency food boxes. weldfoodbank.org, 970-356-2199

Boulder County Humane Society
They are accepting animals needing shelter from evacuated areas of Boulder County. boulderhumane.org

American Humane Association
The American Humane Association is supporting Boulder County Animal Control. They have mobilized their Red Star rescue team to help the animal victims of the disaster. To help protect families, children and pets before, during and after a flood, American Humane Association is also offering the lifesaving tips.

Larimer Humane Society
If you are in a flooding area and need assistance with your animals.
http://www.larimerhumane.org/
970-226-3647, #7 (Animal Protection and Control)

Longmont Humane Society
Currently taking in evacuated dogs and cats.
Please call first to assure space is available – 303-772-1232 ext. 221
They are also accepting donations to help feed and care for the animals.
https://www.longmonthumane.org/?q=flood-evacuation-information

Denkai Animal Sanctuary
Denkai has gathered animal helping resources here for those of you that might be in need or might know of somebody in need. For questions email info@denkaisanctuary.org or call 970-217-1457, 970-895-2337 … www.denkaisanctuary.org

Impact on Education,  iCare Fund
Our iCare fund is dedicated to aiding BVSD students, teachers, staff, and schools recover from the flood.  Impact on Education’s iCare fund works in conjunction with top BVSD administrators to identify students, teachers, and schools’ greatest needs, many of which may not be addressed by national and federal agencies. iCare’s targeted responses will ensure that every student is able to continue their academic growth unimpeded by the difficulties presented by the flood.
www.impactoneducation.org

Resources Available

Colorado Office of Emergency Management
To get ongoing updates about the floods throughout Colorado, go to coemergency.com

Camp Steve by Steve Lowtwait
Ravaged by the Colorado floods of 2013, the small mountain town of Jamestown suffered unimaginable destruction. You can help people rebuild their beloved town with a Jamestown t-shirt or poster. Your purchase supports the Rebuild Jamestown Fund. 100% of proceeds go to the town and its citizens.
campsteve.com/jamestownuf

Boulder County Emergency Operations Center
The center is activated and will continue to respond to emergencies within Boulder County and the City of Boulder.
The Community Call Center number is 303-413-7730
www.bouldercounty.org/flood/pages/
bouldercolorado.gov/water/boulder-flood-info

FEMA
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in Boulder County can apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster survivors who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Those in the affected area with access to the internet may register by Web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Colorado Access
Colorado Access is helping members who have been effected by the flood get connected to immediate care. If you are a Colorado Access member and need help finding the nearest provider, getting your prescription medicines or membership ID card replaced, or need to find community resources, call us at 1-800-511-5010 or go to www.coaccess.com.

City of Aurora
Aurora residents with flood questions can call 303-739-7000, weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm.
Information is also available on the city of Aurora website at www.auroragov.org.

Weld County
Weld County has compiled long-term recovery information for flood victims. Included is information about clean-up, re-entry, recovery, water quality, maps, public meetings and much more.
Please go to www.weldgov.com for information.

Flood 2013 Long Term Recovery information – http://flood2013.weldgov.com/

Weld County Resource Information Sheet
For information about: road closures and alternate routes, clean-up and recovery, water quality, building permits, community resources, property assessments, health resources, livestock & agriculture and more, go to www.weldgov.com or www.facebook.com/weldcountygovernment

LINK: Weld County Resource Information Sheet

Weld County Assessor
1400 N. 17th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631 970-353-3845 x3650 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Damage to your property and making adjustments to your property value
Jurisdiction of propriety
Verify ownership of property

Weld County Planning/Building Inspection
1555 N. 17th Ave Greeley, CO 80631 970-353-6100 x3521 Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm
Disaster assessments and inspections
Flood debris removal vouchers
Information about the Flood Plain

Weld County Health Department
1555 N. 17th Ave Greeley, CO 80631 970-304-6410 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm I 4209 CR 24 ½ Longmont, CO 80504 720-652-4240 … Info: Tetanus Vaccinations, Issue lost Colorado Birth Certificates
Medicaid/CHP+ Applications, Well Water Testing, Information about septic systems, Reentering homes safely, Food safety questions, Mosquito protection

Weld County Human Services
315 N. 11th Ave Greeley, CO 80631 970-352-1551 x1551 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm I 2950 9th St Fort Lupton, CO 80621 303-857-4052 I 4209 CR 24 ½ Longmont, CO 80504 720-652-4230 x8826 (only open on Wednesdays)
Application for food stamps
Information about reissuance of food assistance
Applications and referrals to other financial services
Potential rental, deductible and utility assistance.

Weld County Veteran Services
1551 N. 17th Ave Greeley, CO 80631 970-304-6595 x3444
Grant Information for Veterans
Potential referrals for housing for Veterans

Weld County Extension Services
525 N 15th Ave Greeley, CO 80631 970-304-6535
Information about housing and food for pets and livestock
Researched base information pertaining to flood issues dealing with households and farming

Weld County Clerk and Recorder
1402 B. 17th Ave Greeley, CO 80631 970-353-3840 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm I 2950 9th St Fort Lupton, CO 80621 303-857-4635 4209 I WCR 24 ½ Longmont, CO 80504 720-652-4201
Replacement marriage licenses, titles, registrations and permits
Replacement Handicap Plaques
Removal from County records of destroyed mobile homes

Larimer County Disaster Assistance Center
Larimer County in Coordination with the City of Loveland have created the Disaster Assistance Center and Distribution Center for evacuees affected by the 2013 flooding event.
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
815 14th Street SW, Building #B in Loveland, CO. This is the old Agilent/HP Building. Enter off Taft Avenue and follow the signs.
Larimer County Distribution Center
This center provides personal items, water, clothing, non-perishable food, diapers and other similar items for evacuees.
Open daily 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
815 14th Street SW, Building #D in Loveland CO. Again, enter off Taft Avenue and follow the signs.
Officials are currently working on shuttle schedules to get evacuees at the Fort Collins evacuation center at Timberline Church to the Larimer County Disaster Assistance and Distribution Center locations in Loveland.

United Way of Larimer County – Relief & Recovery Guide
The United Way of Larimer County has created a Relief and Recovery Assistance Guide to connect Colorado residents affected by the Larimer County Floods with disaster assistance and information. Updates and verification are continuously being made to the guide.

University of Colorado at Boulder Flood Resources
The University of Colorado Boulder has launched a flood resource website: www.colorado.edu/2013flood

City of Longmont Debris RemovalMore Info

Colorado Attorney General’s Office
1-800-222-4444
www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/complaint
There are resources available to assist consumers if they experience price gouging, home repair scams or charitable giving fraud. If you suspect fraudulent activity be sure to contact the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

FEMA’s Disaster Fraud Hotline
866-720-5721
If you suspect someone is posing as a FEMA inspector, call FEMA’s Disaster Fraud Hotline or call your local law enforcement officials.

Mental Health Resources
- Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Parents and Teachers: nasponline.org/…/crisis_safety/naturaldisaster_ho.aspx
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers store. samhsa.gov/s…/SMA12-4732.pdf
- Helping Parents Cope with a Disaster: bt.cdc.gov/…/helping-parents-cope-with-disaster.pdf
- After a Disaster: Self-Care Tips for Dealing with Stress: samhsa.gov/…/afterDisasterSelfCareTipsForDealingWithStress.pdf
- Emergency Family Assistance Association: For all emergency needs for residents of Boulder and Broomfield Counties: efaa.org
- Mental Health Partners for Boulder and Broomfield Counties- For emotional support, especially for families in need without insurance: mhpcolorado.org/ (Phone: For emergency needs: 303-447-1665; To request services: 303-413-6263)
- Boulder Psychological Services: For a large directory of counselors, therapists, and psychologists throughout our region: Mostly for those with insurance: boulderpsychologicalservices.com

Dr. Dave Hnida Flooding Health Safety Information
CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida has written about health issues relating to the Colorado flooding. The following are blog entries he authored on CBSDenver.com: Up Next: Health Worries During Flood Cleanup | What The Health Department Tells Us Doctors

Small Business Administration Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing disaster assistance loans for victims of flooding in Colorado. Visit the Small Business Administration Disaster Loans website for information on the types of low-interest loans available.
Loan applicants can contact the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, or disastercutmerservice@sba.gov. For deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, call 800-877-8339 (TTY/TDD). You may also apply online using the secure Electronic Loan Application.

Tax Relief from the Internal Revenue Service
Individuals and businesses affected by flooding may be eligible for tax relief from the International Revenue Service. Visit the IRS website for important taxpayer information, instructions and deadlines. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tax-Relief-for-Victims-of-Severe-Storms-in-Colorado

Information for Veterans
If you have a Veterans Affairs loan and your home sustained damage, follow this step-by-step resource guide with instructions for receiving assistance.http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/documents/docs/va_policy_regarding_natural_disasters.pdf
If you are currently receiving a monthly benefit check from the Department of Veterans Affairs and will not be able to receive mail at your regular address, be sure to notify both your Veterans Affairs Regional Office and local post office of your change of address as soon as possible.

Information for Farmers
Farmers should visit the Farm Service Agency’s Disaster Assistance Programs page to find fact sheets and information guides on the resources available to them.  https://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=diap&topic=landing

Additional Resources

Ready Colorado – readycolorado.com
Colorado Flood Threat Bulletin – coloradofloodthreat.com
Boulder County Office of Emergency Management – boulderoem.com
Larimer County: larimer.org/emergency
Colorado Division of Insurance – cdn.colorado.gov
Better Business Bureau – denver.bbb.org (check to see if a business or charity is legitimate)
Xcel Energy – www.xcelenergy.com – Call 1-800-895-2999 for any gas situations – Call 1-800-895-1999 to report downed or damaged power lines
Colorado Department of Transportation – coloradodot.info

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