Colorado Floods: If You Need Assistance/How You Can Help
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If you need assistance
- To apply for help from FEMA, do one of the following:
Whether applying online or over the phone, you should have a pen and paper and the following information ready:
- Your Social Security number
- Current and pre-disaster address
- A telephone number where you can be contacted
- Insurance information
- Total household annual income
- A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account)
- A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster.
After you've completed your application for assistance, you will receive a FEMA application number. Write down this number and keep it for future reference.
Note: FEMA verifies the name and social security number of those registering for disaster assistance. If the name and social security number on file with the social security administration does not match the information you provide you will be asked to submit a copy of an original document, e.g. marriage license, military ID, tax documents, etc., for proof of identity. A need to review and update identity documentation may cause delays in delivery of assistance.
- DisasterAssistance.gov provides information on how you might be able to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster.
- Boulder: 5495 Arapahoe Ave., at the northwest corner of Arapahoe and 55th, next to the Premier Credit Union, M-F 9 AM-5 PM, Sat. & Sun 10 AM-5 PM. Services: Fax, Copy, Phone use; Other Needs Assistance; State Health Services; Housing Assistance; Disaster Unemployment Assistance; Volunteer Organizations; Small Business Administration Home Loan; State Housing Services; Teleregistration; Small Business Administration Business Loan; Aging/Senior Services; State Insurance Department; Hazard Mitigation; General Information; Web Registration.
- Longmont: 1250 S. Hover Rd in the Twin Peaks Mall, 9 AM-7 PM. Services: Fax, Copy, Phone use; Other Needs Assistance; Housing Assistance; Disaster Unemployment Assistance; Volunteer Organizations; US Department of Agriculture; Small Business Administration Home Loan; State Housing Services; Teleregistration; Small Business Administration Business Loan; Crisis Counseling; Aging/Senior Services; State Insurance Department; General Information; Housing & Urban Development; Internal Revenue Service; Hazard Mitigation; Web Registration.
- Loveland: 815 14th St SW (map), 8 AM-8 PM. Services: Fax, Copy, Phone use; State/Local Other; Other Needs Assistance; Housing Assistance; Disaster Unemployment Assistance; Volunteer Organizations; US Department of Agriculture; Small Business Administration Home Loan; State Housing Services; Teleregistration; Small Business Administration Business Loan; Crisis Counseling; Aging/Senior Services; State Insurance Department; General Information; Housing & Urban Development; Internal Revenue Service; Hazard Mitigation; Web Registration.
- Greeley: 525 N 15th Avenue, at the Weld County Extensions (map), 8 AM-8 PM. Services: Fax, Copy, Phone use; State/Local Other; Other Needs Assistance; Housing Assistance; Disaster Unemployment Assistance; Volunteer Organizations; US Department of Agriculture; Other; Small Business Administration Home Loan; State Housing Services; Teleregistration; Small Business Administration Business Loan; Aging/Senior Services; State Insurance Department; General Information; Internal Revenue Service; Hazard Mitigation; Housing & Urban Development; Web Registration.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Loan Program is the primary source of money from the Federal government for long-term recovery assistance. For disaster damage to private property owned by individuals, families and businesses not fully covered by insurance, the basic form of the Federal assistance is low-interest, long-term disaster loans from the SBA.
- For a list of housing resources available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, visit their resource page for Colorado flood victims
- For farmers seeking assistance, visit the Farm Service Agencys Disaster Assistance Programs resource page
- Colorado 2-1-1 Recovery and Relief Guides
The purpose of this Relief and Recovery Guide is to connect Colorado residents affected by the Colorado Flood 2013 with disaster assistance and information. The Guide lists information on many programs and agencies. Updates and verification are continuously being made to this document. Updates are available at http://www.211colorado.org.
Boulder County Flood Relief and Recovery Guide
Weld County Flood Relief and Recovery Guide
Jefferson County Flood Relief and Recovery Guide
El Paso County Flood Relief and Recovery Guide
- Federal program allows replacement of food lost due to flooding
The federal program that provides food assistance to those who qualify for it will replace food lost due to the recent flooding in Boulder County. The replacement funds are available to those who are currently receiving food assistance, and covers food purchased using September Food Assistance benefits.
The recent severe flooding has cut off many Boulder County residents access to their food supplies, and in some cases has led to the spoilage or destruction of food. Those who purchased some of their food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during the month of September and have now lost some of it due to the flooding may fill out an affidavit requesting replacement of the funds.
The value of the food assistance replacement will be based on the purchases made in September through the SNAP program.
Residents who feel they may qualify for the replacement food assistance should contact BCDHHS Community Support Manager Lynn Grey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-441-1000. Those seeking the replacement will need to sign an affidavit, which can be done via email, mail, or in person at one of the BCDHHS locations in Boulder or Longmont once they have been contacted by Lynn Grey.
- The City of Boulder / Boulder County residents impacted by flooding events in Boulder County can call the Public Call Center Number at 303-413-7730 with questions and immediate needs. Please be aware that our call center is getting inundated. We kindly request that you reserve your calls to those truly needing assistance.
- Longmont residents may call the Citizen Call number @ EOC for in case of emergencies and info about flooding: 303-651-8595. Call if you are looking for someone in the Longmont flood area, give them their name, addr., cell #, and they can check our shelters. For non-flood emergencies, call 303-651-8555. As always, in life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.
- Longmont has put up a new emergency info website. Info on road closures, maps, outages, FAQ and more.
- Mental Health Partners has a Crisis Hotline anyone can call. Its open 24/7. They welcome calls from people feeling overwhelmed by the flood disasters.
There is Brief Urgent Care available in Boulder and Longmont (Longmont starting Wednesday) absolutely for anyone impacted by the disaster. You dont have to qualify to be a MHP client, just walk in. Good for 3-4 sessions.
In Boulder, it's at 1000 Alpine. Just walk in. No Appointment needed.
- Mental Health Partners opens Drop-In Help Centers for residents impacted by flood
On October 2, Mental Health Partners opened its first Drop-In Help Center in Boulder to assist residents impacted by the recent floods. Two additional Centers will open in Longmont, one on October 10, and a second the following week. These Drop-In Help Centers provide immediate mental health crisis services for residents coping with anxiety, sadness, depression, fear, sleeplessness, anger and other emotional distress.
These services are available for children, teens, adults and seniors. No appointments are necessary. There is no charge for up to three drop-in visits.
MHP Drop-In Help Center locations:
- Boulder: Mental Health Partners, 1000 Alpine (1/2 block west of Broadway and south of Boulder Community Hospital)
- Longmont: OUR Center, 303 Atwood St. English and Spanish-language services at this location (opens October 10)
- Hours for all MHP Drop-In Help Center locations
Monday-Friday: 12:00 noon-7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Information phone line for MHP Drop-In Help Centers: 720-415-9740
- Mountain Disaster Assistance Centers
Includes: Foothills United Way, FEMA, Red Cross, Boulder County Housing & Human Services and Public Health, Salvation Army, and other relief agencies
Tuesday October 1, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Nederland Community Center (Use South Entrance)
Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Allenspark Fire Station
Services offered: Flood damage follow up especially compromised wells, gas tanks, septics; mental health counseling, EFAA Food Baskets, if you have been impacted by the disaster, please come.
- A donation center for flood victims: The 4 Mile Community Store and the Resource Exchange have a donation center at 2775 Valmont in Boulder. The Exchange is located behind 'The Station' on the NW corner of 28th and Valmont, next to Futsal Indoor Soccer. The hours are noon to 6pm, every day except Tuesday (closed). We are accepting donations of goods at this location (please see the list at 4MileStore.org/needs) and are serving those affected by the floods. If you have a need, please stop by and see what we have and how we can help or register at 4MileStore.org/get-help.
- Mountain housing options: Here is a database to help link those looking for housing with those offering to help.
- Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) is going to hold office hours in the Ned Area Seniors office in the Nederland Community Center for at least the next few Fridays, starting this Friday, October 11th, and will hold appointments from 9:30-3:30. If the need is high, they will continue past the next few Fridays. Although there are specific resources for flood victims, being a flood victim is not a prerequisite for making an appointment. This is a valuable resource for our mountain communities and we are ever so grateful that EFAA is willing to send someone up to hold appointments. NO WALK INS! FOLKS MUST GET AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING IN - 303-442-3042.
- Boulder County Flood Recovery Center to open Monday, Oct. 14
Boulder County Land Use, Transportation and Public Health staff will open a Flood Recovery Center (FRC) on Monday, Oct. 14, at the Land Use Department, 2045 13th St. in Boulder, from 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. MF. It will serve to help residents of unincorporated Boulder County navigate through the flood rebuilding process.
The Flood Recover Center will be staffed by functional experts in onsite wastewater (septic) systems, floodplain regulations, transportation, planning and building codes. The center and the county will also pursue other restoration resources and hazard mitigation programs to assist those impacted.
Flood-impacted residents of unincorporated Boulder County who wish to begin the rebuilding process are encouraged to stop by the FRC to speak with a staff member. Residents can also email the Flood Recovery Center staff at email@example.com or call 303-441-1705.
Questions that residents may have include:
- What are the floodplain/floodway regulations and how do they affect my property?
- Do I need to have a structural engineer to inspect the safety of my home?
- My private residential bridge/culvert/driveway was destroyed by the flood, how do I begin repairs?
- My property was affected by the flood but I dont know what impact it had to my septic system. How do I know if the system is still working properly?
Visit www.bouldercountyflood.org for more information on flood recovery.
- Free legal advice to flood victims is being offered by Colorado Flood Legal Relief. The type of legal assistance available includes assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster survivors, assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims, help with home repair contracts and contractors, eplacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster, assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedure, counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems and counseling on landlord/tenant problems. Go online, or call the Helpline at 855-424-5347.
How you can help: (Jump to Donate and Fundraisers)
- In Longmont, call the Longmont Citizen Call number to volunteer. They will assign as the need arises. 303-651-8555
- There's a community of trailer homes in Milliken that desperately needs our help! FEMA and the Red Cross have deemed the homes as currently uninhabitable, and the people are not allowed in their homes past 7 PM. They have nowhere to go and resources are not available to help them relocate.
With Donate Boulder and our awesome volunteers, we can turn this around, and get people back in their homes.
Any help from a few people to as many as we can get, any time, any day, can make a huge impact on this community!
If you would like to help give us a call 720-310-5170 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please Do Not Drop Off Donations at Evacuation Centers
If you would like to donate or volunteer, visit www.helpcoloradonow.org or dial 2-1-1 for additional information. We understand that many people want to help in times of great need. The biggest help we can get is for people to remain calm and stay home so our first responders can get into the community and help get things understood and under control. After the situation has calmed, volunteer organizations will begin to coordinate the cleanup effort and donation centers will be established. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
- The Community Foundation is partnering with Foothills United Way on the Foothills Flood Relief Fund, housed at Foothills United Way. People can donate on line at http://www.unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief.
- 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.
- Boulder Flood Relief is located at 1033 Walnut in Boulder. If you would like to get in contact with us, call (720) 943-4482, email email@example.com.Website: http://boulderfloodrelief.org/ Twitter: @BoulderFlood Facebook: Boulder Flood Relief cel.ly: text @boulderflood to 23559
- A specific fund has been set up through The Community Foundation to help the people of Lyons
- Jamestown has launched a fundraising effort to rebuild the community. Partnering with The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, citizens of Jamestown are looking to repair infrastructure torn apart by historic rains, flooding and mudslides.
Jamestown Mayor Tara Schoedinger made the following statement:
"Jamestown is a historic close-knit mountain community in an idyllic mountain setting. We have unique and immediate needs at this time after the flood and must completely rebuild our town infrastructure: water, sewer, roads, and the fire station. The citizens of Jamestown need your help in this time of tragedy. You can help us to Rebuild Jamestown by making a tax-deductible donation through the Boulder Community Foundation. Thank you."
Please visit RebuildJamestownCO.org to donate and get more information on rebuilding efforts. Visit the donation page directly or look for Rebuild Jamestown on Facebook
- Salvation Army: Visit imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate "Colorado Floods." You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army. Donations by mail may be designated "Colorado Floods" and sent to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304
- Red Cross: Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be made by visiting ColoradoRedCross.org.
- The Longmont Times-Call has published this list of where you can donate for Lyons evacuees. Food, phone chargers, bedding, pet kennels among items needed.
- A donation center for flood victims: The 4 Mile Community Store and the Resource Exchange have a donation center at 2775 Valmont in Boulder. The Exchange is located behind 'The Station' on the NW corner of 28th and Valmont, next to Futsal Indoor Soccer. The hours are noon to 6pm, every day except Tuesday (closed). We are accepting donations of goods at this location (please see the list at 4MileStore.org/needs) and are serving those affected by the floods.
- Mountain housing options: Here is a database to help link those looking for housing with those offering to help.
- Winter Clothing Needed in Jamestown
Jamestown residents are in need of warm winter clothing. If youd like to help, please pack gently used, warm clothing of all kinds in a large, clean garbage bag (for ease of transportationwe can get more clothes in that way, as they have to be carried down in). Please drop off bags at my house (at any hour) by Tuesday night. Were making a run on Wednesday, but will be taking more donations for as long as they need. If this doesnt work for you, contact me and well arrange something.
Thanks, Pam (303) 606-6803
- ReSource Boulder Provides Tools, Discounted Materials, and Relief Supplies to Flood Victims
In this time of need, ReSource is the community hub for rebuilding supplies, tools for removing, fixing, and preparing for the future. Between now and the end of the year those who experienced flood damage will receive a free ReSource Tool Library membership. This membership provides access to over 2,000 tools including plumbing snakes, flooring nailers, carpet kicker and much more. In addition to waiving the membership fee to the ReSource Tool Library, those repairing from flood damage will receive 10% off materials purchased. ReSource offers plenty of rebuilding options including lumber, siding, insulation and cabinets.
- MusiCares has created a special Colorado Flood Relief Fund
Please take a few moments to go to this link and see what assistance is available for our community: http://www.grammy.org/musicares-colorado-flood-relief-fund
MusiCares was extremely helpful to folks who have experienced major catastrophes like Hurricane Sandy & Katrina, the floods in Nashville, etc. They are here to help.
Send an email to Evan Perkins with an additional information, updates and corrections
Created:09/17/13, Modified:11/15/13, expires:11/22/13, priority:2