How can you help Colorado communities devastated by epic flooding?

Colorado National GuardWhile much of the rain had stopped by Monday night, the devastation and damage continues.  The latest news indicates that flood conditions have spread across 17 counties. 1,500 homes have been destroyed, according to Colorado Office of Emergency Management.  More than 11,750 people have been evacuated while 520 remain in shelters.  Unfortunately, thunderstorms are possible through Tuesday in these flooded areas. Parts of Boulder have experienced a 1-in-1,000 year flood meaning that a flood of this magnitude only has a 0.1% chance of happening in a given year.

Op4G would like to highlight a few Non-Profits to support their efforts in leading the ongoing Colorado relief.

Helping the Victims

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.

HelpColoradoNow.org 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.

The American Red Cross serves the residents of Colorado through five chapters and hundreds of local, community-based volunteers. They are providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes by devastating flash flooding. Meanwhile, numerous shelters remain open across the state to serve those displaced by flooding.

All Hands Volunteers will be launching a project in Colorado when it is safe to do so. If you are a volunteer who would like to help, PLEASE DO NOT SELF DEPLOY. It is dangerous for you and for those you may try to assist. All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that provides hands-on assistance to communities around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy.

Flickr Creative Commons Photo Credit: The National Guard