Last week the community of Nederland suffered great losses due to the Cold Springs fire. While the fire may be extinguished, there are many residents whose lives will not return to normal for quite some time. At LRA, we have clients who were evacuated, but thankfully did not lose their homes, and have since returned to their homes. We still felt compelled to help.  In this week's blog we wanted to share with you how you can join us in helping the victims, who were displaced or tragically lost their homes, in the Cold Springs fire last week.   We invite you to continue reading below for how LRA is contributing to help the victims. 

According to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management (BOEM) website, as of July 15, 2016, "We are grateful that people want to help the fire victims and the Nederland community recover from the Cold Springs Fire. The response of the entire mountain community around Nederland has been a model of coordination, neighborliness, and partnership.the office do not have a need for volunteers or in-kind donations. However, tax-deductible cash donations may be made by clicking here."

The BOEM has set up an e-newsletter that anyone can subscribe to, regarding volunteer needs. To learn more please go to Information on Volunteering where you can complete the form.  When there is a need for volunteers, you will receive an email explaining the nature of the need and the contact information.  

According to the BOEM website, The Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) located in Nederland will move to the Nederland Community Center at 750 Highway 72 North on Monday, July 18, and operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through at least Wednesday, July 20 (closed Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17). At the Boulder County DAC, fire-impacted residents will find help with food replacement, temporary housing, transportation assistance (including bus passes), and public supports such as health coverage and SNAP (food assistance). Information is also available about food safety and water testing, septic and well issues, fire retardant (slurry) cleanup, debris removal, rebuilding, and more. For more information, we encourage you to learn more:

The DAC has already served dozens of households impacted by the Cold Springs Fire. As residents settle back into their homes, it is likely some of them will continue to need supports and information provided at the DAC. The Help Colorado Now website helps volunteers understand how to best help those affected by disasters in Colorado.  In the event of future disasters, here are guidelines that we should all keep in mind. 

  • DO NOT GO TO THE SCENE OF A DISASTER
  • The arrival of unexpected volunteers will interfere with response efforts 
  • STAY SAFE by volunteering with a reputable agency
  • Volunteers will be needed most during the long-term recovery phase, which will last month/years
  • For a list of agencies that respond to disasters in Colorado and information on volunteer needs for recovery, go to: www.ColoradoVOAD.org
  • You can also enter your information below to receive periodic updates on disaster response and recovery volunteer opportuities in Colorado
  • Please affiliate with a relief agency (ideally before a disaster strikes!) to ensure you have the needed training and guidance to most effectively help thoase affected by disasters.

Follow this guide, to learn more about disaster preparedness, about the supplies and equipment you and your family need to weather out the storm or make it through the crisis. You will also learn ways you can save money and still get high quality goods.

I will be donating 5% of my next commission to the Cold Springs Fire Recovery Fund. Please join us in being a part to help support the victims of this fire. 

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