Continuing heavy rains that began the week of September 8 continue to cause severe flooding in Colorado. Sadly, fatalities have been reported. Additionally, hundreds have been injured and many more reported missing. At this early stage 1,500 homes have been destroyed and another 17,500 are damaged, according to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management. The flooding along the North Fork Thompson River, the South Platte River and others waterways in the drainage system ranges from Fort Collins to Canon City, Colorado.
Week of Compassion’s primary partner, Church World Service, has deployed Disaster Response Specialists who are currently working with state, regional and local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies to determine where CWS can help or will be needed.
As always, CWS will be providing material resources, such as Clean Up Buckets, Baby Care Kits, School Kits, Hygiene Kits and Blankets, as requested. We are in need of more of these items.
As the situation moves from immediate search and rescue efforts to long-term recovery work, CWS will respond to requests for training support as well as to requests for financial support to get long-term recovery committees organized and operating. CWS also continues to monitor river conditions for additional flooding. Shelters and feeding operations are up and operating and more will be set up as needed. Extensive power outages are expected and sheltering may be required for extended periods. CWS and its partner organizations have personnel on standby and ready to go to work.
During disaster such as this, now is the time to remember that the most important humanitarian donation that an individual or congregation can make is cash. There are already reports of heaps of used clothing piling up in Colorado: clothing and other materials that do little to restore the dignity of survivors. Remember, financial help is best.
Thank you for putting your Compassion in Action by responding to this disaster. We are grateful for all that you enable us to continue to do to reach out to those most affected by this devastating situation.
This week’s responses:
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Jordan, Syrian Refugee Crisis
Colorado, Flood Damage (2)
Namibia, Storm Damage