Boulder County Moves Marshall Fire Assistance Online; FEMA remains in person – CBS Denver
LAFAYETTE, Colo. (CBS4) – Boulder County will continue to assist those affected by the Marshall Fire despite the closure of its in-person Disaster Assistance Center. All resources are now available online.
“Most of these organizations will be able to do exactly what they do and more because the services will be available from the perspective of where they normally do their work,” said Jim Williams. “That’s one of the things we want people to understand, nothing is right here anymore.”
Williams is the director of communications for the Boulder County Department of Housing and Services.
“We’ve provided over $5 million in aid to people,” he said, noting that it was all thanks to donors, the Boulder Community Foundation and Elevations Credit Union.
CBS4 visited the Disaster Assistance Center when it opened on January 3, and it has since helped more than 2,000 households with everything from mental health needs to housing and childcare.
“All of the services that have been here at the Lafayette Disaster Assistance Center will continue online, and we want people to go there, find out what’s available, sign up for help,” said he declared.
While county resources will now be available online, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be here to help indefinitely.
“FEMA will remain with all of its services, there is no end date,” said FEMA media relations specialist Rossyveth Rey.
FEMA and SBA operate from the same facility as the Lafayette Disaster Assistance Center. Federal agencies have provided more than $43.6 million in grants and loans to aid recovery as of January 20, 2022.
FEMA says it has approved $802,354 through the Individuals and Households program, including $679,540.95 in housing assistance for home repairs and rental expenses, and $122,813.35 in assistance for other needs for repair or replacement of personal property, repair or replacement of vehicles, moving expenses and other disasters. – related needs.
FEMA’s Mitigation Community Education and Outreach team also provided mitigation guidance to community members impacted by the Marshall Fire and Straight Line Wind event.
Topics covered include home repair, fire-resistant construction, wind-resistant construction, putting together supply kits, and hiring a contractor. Mitigation specialists are located at the Lafayette Disaster Recovery Center and will also visit local home improvement stores.
From Thursday, January 20 through Tuesday, January 25, the team will be at McGuckin Hardware located at 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, Colorado.
In the coming weeks, outreach will continue at other local DIY stores, below:
- Thursday, January 27 through Tuesday, February 1: Home Depot, 1600 29th St, Boulder, Colorado
- Thursday, February 3 through Tuesday, February 8: Lowe’s, 1171 Dillon Rd, Louisville, Colorado
- Thursday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 15: Home Depot, 393 S Hover Rd, Longmont, Colorado
- Thursday, February 17 through Tuesday, February 22: Lowe’s, 355 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, Colorado
- Thursday, February 25 through Tuesday, March 1: Ace Hardware, 1727 Main St, Longmont, Colorado.
Boulder County residents who wish to seek assistance or verify their claim online or by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.