Friday, September 13, 2013

Colorado Flooding - How to Help


Today the status of "disaster area" came home.  Boulder and surrounding counties are federally declared disaster areas, impacted by days of heavy rain turned into flood waters.

Impact areas include in the foothills and plains around Boulder, parts of Denver, Longmont, Greeley, Lyons, Estes Park, Colorado Springs, and many other communities. If you would like to help, financial assistance is the most effective.  Here are some great links:

American Red Cross - Colorado
http://www.redcross.org/co/denver/ways-to-donate

United Way - Colorado Foothills
www.unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief

Humane Society - Boulder Chapter
http://www.boulderhumane.org/donate/give-today

For helpful information, you can also go to a situational map the VisionLink staff launched this morning. You can find it at BoulderFlood2013.Communityos.org. On this map you can find photos, real-time tweets, shelter locations, weather, road reports and more. Use the Options tab to control the data displayed on the map.

If you are looking to re-connect friends and family, use the Red Cross Safe & Well system, at safeandwell.org.

If you need to find shelters, download the Shelter View App at the App Store.

Allow me to thank the VisionLink staff.  Even as many of their homes were directly impacted by this disaster, our operations for the Red Cross, FEMA, United Ways, 2-1-1 call centers, Refugee and Elder Care programs and much more continued without interruption.

Douglas Zimmerman
VisionLink
Boulder, Colorado

www.visionlink.org