October Disaster Response Report

Red Cross responded to 54 events, assisting 127 people for the 4-week period ending October 28, 2018

Denver, Friday, November 2, 2018 – Down the Street, Across the Country, Around the World. That phrase demonstrates the commitment that the staff and volunteers of the Colorado & Wyoming Region have made and truly demonstrated. Not only did

October 16, 2018, The Cove Neighborhood, Panama City, Florida. Warren Martin and John Nelson, members of the Florida National Guard, stopped by the American Red Cross feeding vehicle to ask about the services the Red Cross was offering people impacted by Hurricane Michael and ended up taking a stack of hamburger dinners along with snacks for themselves and colleagues.
Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

our disaster responders help 127 people in our two-state region, they deployed across an 8,000-mile distance to bring help and hope to those in need. We were among the first to deploy to support recover from Hurricane Michael in the southeast U.S. and among the first to respond to the needs of Hawaii, Guam and the Mariana Islands following hurricanes and super typhoons.

“I saw utter destruction and despair when I arrived but by the time I left there was hope and recovery,” one Red Cross disaster worker said after returning from northern Florida.

Our volunteers and staff continue to deploy to disaster zones where the need for Red Cross support continues. Many of our volunteers have deployed multiple times with only short recovery periods between deployments. Some deployed to Florida for Hurricane Michael and also deployed to the Northern Marian Islands for Super Typhoon Yutu.

The need continues, and the Red Cross needs your help. Support hurricane relief wherever it is needed by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HURR2018 to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:

Mile High Chapter (MHC): 63 individuals received aid; 17 were under 18 years of age and 3 were over the age of 65. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.

Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SeCO): 26 individuals received aid; Two people were 65 years of age and under 7 were under 18 years of age. The SeCO response area includes 16 counties.

Northern Colorado Chapter (NoCO): 9 individuals received aid with 2 being less than 18 years of age.  The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.

Western Colorado Chapter (WeCO):  28 individuals received aid. Two people were under 18 years of age. The WeCo response area covers 27 counties, serving all western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.

Wyoming Chapter (WYO): 1 individual received aid. The Wyoming Chapter response area covers all 23 counties that make up the state of Wyoming.

The families and individuals were provided a place to stay, money for clothes, food and medicine. Along with providing casework for the residents in a quick and efficient time frame, Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support to these families going forward, by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery from this personal disaster.