Boulder This Week Fourmile Canyon fire, Hotels, Red Cross, getting cash, Parade
An Ecclectic Mix
First, we are so pleased that the Four Mile Canyon Fire is really contained and that the majority of residents have returned to their homes or home sites. There was talk earlier today about some evacuees not being able to receive funds from any agencies.
I talked with the Red Cross State Disaster Officer, Eric Jones, (responsible for several states) who shared important information with me:
…A Victim Relief Center is still operating at Broaday and Iris and…the Victims must “qualify” for funds.
Jones said the Red Cross begins the “intake” process. To date they have worked with 135 family units out of 169 eligible ones. The Red Cross assists with the evacuees in a disaster, sees they have access to medications and he said they are a “financial bandage” for the immediate time. Eligible family units are later referred to other agencies for additional assistance. A Gold Hill Relief Fund has been established.
A word to the wise and generous of spirit: before donating to any cause, make sure the funds go to the right sources! See how the funds are donated and distributed. Then be your generous selves!
Also, several restaurants and hotels including the Kitchen, Jax, hotels like the Holiday Inn Express, the Millennium, the St. Julien all put efforts forward to accommodate the evacuees who did look terribly lost for days as they wondered if they could return home and when plus what to do in the interim. Thanks to everyone who stepped forward.
Okay, now, a “Parade” for the firefighters, law enforcement and other related agencies to the Four Mile Canyon Fire will take place this weekend on Sunday in downtown Boulder. Street closures will take place. Someone said “isn’t it a little premature to thank these pros” and to that, of course, I say, it is never premature to say “thank you” to them. They are out there for us every day.
29th Street will be having an event also related to the CU Hawaii Game this weekend to which, I might add, I have been invited….but, not being into football and having long ago misplaced my grass skirt, I have graciously declined.
More some other time!