Monday, September 16, 2013

How You Can Help Flood Victims

Written by Lauren Lind 

This past weekend our community was directly affected by the flash floods and flooding that occurred. With more than 1000 unaccounted for and 4 deaths, our hearts are heavy. 400 students on East Campus were evacuated from their dorms and apartments and 40 buildings on campus have water damage.

Imagine everything you own being gone in a matter of minutes. Not only Boulder, but also people across Colorado have been negatively affected by this disaster. Let’s come together and help those who are in need of assistance at this time. Talk to your place of employment and see if you can gather any donations to help.

Here is a list of places you can work with and donate to, to assist flood victims:

American Red Cross
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.

The Salvation Army
You can donate money at or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Floods.”
The Salvation Army is NOT accepting in-kind items at this time.

Help Colorado Now 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.

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

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.

United Way of Larimer County
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.

Bonfils Blood Center
Bonfils Blood Center asks all eligible Coloradans to roll up their sleeves to save lives as it becomes safe to do so. Due to the widespread adverse weather conditions our area has seen this week, blood drives have been cancelled, the Boulder Community Donor Center was temporarily closed and as a result the blood supply has been significantly impacted. All blood types are currently needed. Call 303.366.2000 or visit

Larimer Humane Society
If you are in a flooding area and need assistance with your animals. 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’re also accepting donations to help feed and care for the animals.

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