Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Costilla County Snow Emergency

Red Cross Closing Shelter for Costilla County Snow Storm

Alamosa, CO, Friday, January 27, 2017 - UPDATED - The shelter at Fort Garland, CO remains open today but will close at 8:00 P.M. this evening. Should there be a need to reopen the shelter the Red Cross has shelter workers on standby to make that happen.

Overnight there were no residents at the shelter and therefore the shelter was closed overnight but reopened at 7:00 a.m, 

More than 50 meals have been served since the shelter was activated Wednesday. 

People affected by the snow storm that are in need of sheltering are encouraged to go to the shelter location today to speak to a Red Cross responder about support for immediate needs.


Red Cross Shelter Remains Open for Costilla County Snow Storm

Alamosa, CO, Thursday, January 26, 2017 - UPDATED - The shelter at Fort Garland, CO remains open to support people affected by the heavy snow and high wind in Costilla County. 

Three people stayed in the shelter overnight along with two Red Cross volunteers. Since the shelter opened at 11 AM Wednesday, the Red Cross has served 21 meals. We continue to support the search and rescue efforts as the responders work to locate those in need of help.

How can I help? The Red Cross has ample supplies on hand and it is too soon to determine the needs of those being supported. Please do not bring donations to the shelter in Fort Garland.


Red Cross Opens Shelter for Costilla County Snow Storm

Alamosa, CO, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 –The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Fort Garland Community Center located at 17591 US Highway 160 in Fort Garland, CO. The shelter has been opened to support those families evacuated due to heavy snow and strong winds that have hit the area since Tuesday, January 24.
Shelter at Fort Garland Community Center

Anyone affected by the snow storm should go to the shelter or contact local emergency services in Costilla County for transportation to the shelter.

What is at the shelter? Red Cross volunteers are at the shelter to provide a warm, safe place to go during the hazardous winter weather. Cots and blankets are available along with food, snacks and water.

What should I bring to the shelter? Personal items that are specific to your needs including medications. Also, if there are children, bring along a comfort toy for them.

How can I help? At this time all needs are being met for those staying at the shelter. Please do not bring donations to the shelter.

The Red Cross has also been supporting the search and rescue teams with food and water as emergency personnel try to locate and evacuate residents in need of help.

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