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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Disaster Workers Deploying to Support California Fires

Denver, Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - UDATE - Fueled by strong winds and dry conditions, devastating wildfires are threatening communities in Southern California, and the American Red Cross is making sure those affected have a safe place to stay, food to eat and a shoulder to lean on.
The Ventura Fairgrounds shelter. Photo Dermot Tatlow/
 American Red Cross. 

About 620 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts now. This includes a total of 6 Red Cross volunteers from the Colorado and Wyoming Region. 

Susan Owen, a volunteer from the Mile High Chapter was deployed on December 9 to support the Client Casework effort in southern California.

Friends find each other at the Ventura County
Fairgrounds Shelter. Photo by Dermot Tatlow/
American Red Cross
Red Cross volunteers are working to ensure that everyone – including those with access, mobility or other functional needs – get the best possible help during this challenging time. The Red Cross is working with partners to provide care for evacuated pets. We encourage anyone who needs a safe place to stay to come to an evacuation shelter, and suitable accommodations will be found for household pets. Service animals and therapy pets are welcome at Red Cross shelters.

The Red Cross is working alongside numerous partners to provide comfort and support to Californians during this challenging time as out-of-control wildfires threaten neighborhoods. Sunday night, more than 300 people took refuge from the fires in five Red Cross and community shelters. Those who come to Red Cross shelters can expect hot meals, comfort and the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones and get information.

With the help of partners, the Red Cross has already served more than 20,400 meals and snacks. Red Cross disaster workers are also providing health services such as replacing lost medications and eyeglasses, emotional support and spiritual care to people whose lives have been turned upside down by these wildfires. Nearly 2,200 contacts have already been made. As evacuation orders have been lifted in some areas, the Red Cross is distributing relief items including sifters, masks, trash bags and work gloves. Some 2,200 relief items have already been given out.

You can help people affected by disasters big and small, like the wildfires and countless other crises, by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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Denver, Thursday, December 7, 2017 - The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending disaster workers to help with the wildfires currently in California.

Suzanne Isenhower, deploying to support logistics. Isenhower is currently a volunteer with the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado and lives in Buena Vista, CO. This will be her fourth deployment to a large-scale disaster.

Christine Sturgeon, a volunteer from Poncha Springs, CO with the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado, is deployed as a Red Cross Nurse. Sturgeon deployed to support Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma earlier this year.

Cynthia Fox is deploying to California as a Red Cross nurse. Fox is a volunteer with the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado who lives in Colorado Springs. She deployed to Hurricane Harvey earlier this year.

Sylvia Raumaker from Jackson, WY is deploying as a shelter supervisor. Raumaker is a volunteer with the Red Cross of Wyoming and she has deployed over 17 times to disasters across the country.

Diana Dalager is a volunteer with the Red Cross of the Mile High Area and resides in Littleton, CO. She is deploying to California as a shelter supervisor. Dalager deployed to support Hurricane Harvey response earlier this year.

Typical deployment for Red Cross disaster response is 14 to 21 days.

In addition to those listed above the Colorado & Wyoming region has four volunteers still deployed to support hurricane relief in Texas and the US Virgin Islands

To see the latest news about how you can help the Red Cross help the hundreds of people that have lost everything due to the wildfires in California visit http://www.redcross.org/news/article/California-Wildfire-Red-Cross-Opens-Shelters-for-Evacuees.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Red Cross responds to help 181 people in November; a 4-week period ending December 3, 2017

American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming, December 5, 2017 -  Disaster knows no holiday. In fact, we find around the holidays to be one of the more common times for disaster to strike. In the month of November our volunteers responded to multiple calls for assistance from disasters such as floods, fires and collapsed buildings across the two-state region. Most of these disasters are home fires, which happen an average of two to three times each day.


Our response to provide help and hope only happens through the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Today, December 5, 2017 is Colorado Gives Day and you can help make someone’s recovery from disaster possible when you "give something that means something" on this special day. “We are there for your neighbor because of gifts of time and money from Red Cross volunteers and donors, like you,” said Gino Greco, American Red Cross Regional CEO. “We truly can’t do this work without you.”  

Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:
Mile High Chapter (MHC): 51 individuals received aid; 6 were age 65 and older and 14 were under 18 years old. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.

Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SeCO): 24 individuals received aid; 2 were age 65 or older while 6 were under 18 years old. The SeCO response area includes 16 counties.

Northern Colorado Chapter (NoCO):  46 individuals received aid; 20 were under 18 years old. The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.

Western Colorado Chapter (WeCO): 5 individuals received aid. The WeCo response area covers 27 counties, serving all western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.

Wyoming Chapter: 55 individuals received aid; 14 were under age 18 and 12 over the age of 65. 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.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Volunteers and Donors Make It Happen

When the path of Hurricane Harvey became more apparent, our Red Cross volunteers got ready to help. It was clear that local volunteers and resources will be completely overwhelmed even before the rain began and Red Cross rallied national resources knowing that the need would be tremendous. Similarly, when Hurricanes Irma, Nate and Maria threatened, resources were mobilized and deployments began. Then came the Las Vegas shooting followed by the disastrous California wildfires.

Two Northern Colorado volunteers prepare to leave for Florida.
Volunteers from across the country, including 37 from northern Colorado, stepped up to support the communities that were impacted. As conditions deteriorated, thousands of volunteers rearranged their lives, said good bye to families and travelled long distances to provide comfort and hope to the people impacted by these storms. More than 18,500 trained Red Cross disaster workers, 91 percent of them volunteers, mobilized to support disaster relief operations including the hurricanes in the southeast, wildfires in the west and, of course, the mass casualty shooting in Las Vegas.

In three months, our responders provided more overnight stays than the Red Cross had provided in the previous 5 years combines. We served more than 10 million meals and delivered 6 million relief items.
One volunteer from northern Colorado deployed as a driver for our Emergency Response Vehicle and quickly acknowledged that, while the work was hard and the days were long, he was happy that he could help people get their lives back together.

Northern Colorado volunteers load the Emergency
response vehicle before heading to Florida. Don't
forget the rubber waders.
Meanwhile, thousands more remained at home to carry on the day-to-day work of the local chapters. They continued to install free smoke alarms, taught CPR/First aid class, brought The Pillowcase Project to local schools, helped military members, their families and veterans and supported families devastated by home fires.

It is the volunteer that makes the Red Cross mission doable. Without them our humanitarian work could not be done. Likewise, were it not for the generosity of donors, the mission of the Red Cross could not be met. As Gino Greco, CEO for the Colorado and Wyoming once said, “Volunteers are the engine of the Red Cross mission and donors provide the fuel that keeps the engine running.”

With that in mind we want to thank our Northern Colorado volunteers, those who deployed to the disaster areas and those who remained at home to carry on the local mission. We also want to thank our donors, like Noble Energy, who saw the need and stepped up to support our humanitarian effort with a donation of $500,000. Without their support we could not have accomplished all that we did.

About Noble Energy

Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL) is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with a diversified high-quality portfolio of both U.S. unconventional and global offshore conventional assets spanning three continents. Founded 85 years ago, the company is committed to safely and responsibly delivering our purpose: Energizing the World, Bettering People's Lives®. For more information, visit http://www.nblenergy.com




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Response; A Thank You Note

The mission of the American Red Cross is powered by volunteers and the generosity of donors. The oil and gas industry in Colorado and across the country has committed millions of dollars to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history.

“Houston, in many ways, is the heart of this country’s oil and gas industry, so the response to this disaster from our members has been overwhelming,” said Dan Haley, President and CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. “Americans from all walks of life are stepping up to help Gulf Coast communities rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and volunteers within oil and gas companies also are cooking food, providing temporary housing, and raising money to support the Red Cross and other relief efforts – many while worried about their own impacted homes and lives.”

The response to Hurricane Harvey as of Nov 28, in numbers, looks like this:
The Red Cross has authorized payment of $400 to more than 573,000 households severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. That’s more than $229 million in direct financial assistance, and we continue to process applications. Along with our partners, we have served more than 4.5 million (4,549,100) meals and snacks in Texas and Louisiana and Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 127,200 mental health and health services to support and care for people in their time of need. We’ve distributed more than 1.6 million (1,660,400) relief items like diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items. A total of more than 9,500 trained disaster workers, more than 90 percent volunteers, have supported Harvey relief efforts. Many of these workers have responded to multiple relief operations or deployed multiple times.
  
“It takes an entire community to respond to those devastated by a disaster of the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey. We are grateful for the support of the Colorado energy community, including the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and its members to bring hope to those in need,” said Gino Greco, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming.

To date member companies have contributed more than $10MM to the Red Cross in response to Hurricane Harvey. Thank You, to these incredible member companies who donated. 


ARCADIS U.S.
Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Bill Barrett Corporation
Boigon Law
BP America
Caerus
Camino Natural Resources
CH2M
Chevron
Complete Energy Services
ConocoPhillips
DCP Midstream
Denver Petroleum Club
Dow Chemical
EcoVapor
EnergyIQ
Enterprise
Extraction Oil & Gas
ExxonMobil / XTO Energy
Great Western Oil & Gas Company
Jost Energy Law
                            Laramie Energy                            
Liberty Oilfield Services
Mercator Energy
Noble Energy 
PDC Energy
Pioneer Natural Resources
QEP Resources  
Republic Services
Shear
Sklar Exploration Company
Suncor Energy
Ursa Resources Group II
Waste Management
Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, PC
Xcel Energy 



About COGA:
Founded in 1984, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s (COGA) mission is to foster and promote the beneficial, efficient, responsible and environmentally sound development, production and use of Colorado oil and natural gas. COGA is a nationally recognized trade association that aggressively promotes the expansion of Rocky Mountain natural gas markets, supply, and transportation infrastructure through its growing and diverse membership. For more information, please visit coga.org or visit us on Twitter @ColoradoOilGas.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.