July 5, 2002
- Colorado received a federal disaster declaration June 19 because
of wildfires burning throughout the state. The declaration covers 56
counties and two Indian reservations.
- All areas were designated for the Individual Assistance Program, which
provides assistance to eligible households and businesses in the form
of grants or low-interest loans.
- To date, 1,743 residents and businesses have registered for disaster
- More than $136,000 has been approved for individuals to assist with
temporary housing and minor home repairs.
- State officials have approved more than $99,000 in funds for Individual
and Family Grant (IFG) assistance. IFG may be used to cover disaster-related
expenses, such as essential home repairs, replacement of personal property,
transportation, and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other
- Individuals and businesses may apply for disaster assistance by calling
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free registration
line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for speech- or hearing-impaired
individuals. Lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
- Federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers have been established at Ca?n
City, Durango, Woodland Park and Glenwood Springs. At these centers,
individuals can meet face-to-face with disaster recovery officials to
ask questions about disaster assistance.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than
$457,000 in low-interest disaster assistance loans.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available through the Colorado
Department of Labor for those who lost income because of the disaster
and are not covered by regular unemployment programs, including farmers,
farm workers, and other self-employed persons. The deadline for filing
an application is July 24.
- The American Red Cross has operated 23 shelters housing 1,605 people.
One shelter remains open, housing 31. The Red Cross has also provided
more than 132,000 meals and has four service centers open serving those
affected by the fires.
- The Salvation Army has served a total of 308,425 meals and snacks
to date. They are supporting the Disaster Recovery Centers with bottled
water. They are also providing emergency financial assistance at Glenwood
Springs, Ca?n City and Woodland Park.
- Areas included in the disaster declaration include the counties of
Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Boulder, Broomfield
(including city), Chaffee, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla,
Crowley, Custer, Delta, Denver (including city), Dolores, Douglas, Eagle,
Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale,
Huerfano, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lake, La Plata, Las Animas,
Lincoln, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Otero, Ouray, Park,
Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San
Miguel, Summit, Teller, Washington, and Yuma, and the Southern Ute and
Ute Mountain Ute Reservation.
- In addition to the June 19 disaster declaration, Col...
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