Here in Colorado, while we may be over the worst of the wildfires, the damage lingers. Over 600 families are left homeless and even those whose homes were saved from the fire are facing residual damage from smoke and water. Additionally, unruly Colorado weather continues to wreak havoc as some of these same homeowners are now facing damage from flash floods.
So, now more than ever, families, friends and neighbors in Colorado need our financial help. The Bendinelli Law Firm understands and empathizes with the victims of the Colorado Wildfires and wish to help. To kick-off our fundraising effort, we’ve already made a $1,000 donation to the Salvation Army. We’ve also pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar all other donations to the Salvation Army through our donation page, up to $10,000 through the month of July.
Here are some of the services that the Salvation Army provides:
The most visible of The Salvation Army’s disaster services is the delivery of meals to disaster victims and emergency workers. Food may be prepared and served at feeding sites (such as a Salvation Army buildings, camps or shelters) or from one of the Army’s mobile feeding units, more commonly called canteens, which are essentially kitchens on wheels.
Hydration service provides beverages which replenish electrolytes, enhance energy and meet general hydration requirements for emergency service workers and victims.
Cleanup and Restoration
The Salvation Army supports people as they restore and rebuild after a disaster. Cleanup and restoration services include distribution of cleanup supplies, coordination of volunteer rebuilding teams and set up of warehouses to distribute reconstruction supplies.
Spiritual and Emotional Care
The Salvation Army provides a comforting and calming ministry of presence for anyone who might be impacted by a disaster, crisis or traumatic situation. Members of the Emotional/Spiritual Care Team are trained to provide emotional first aid, referrals to counseling resources and prayer and spiritual support upon request.
Disaster Social Services
The Salvation Army provides direct financial assistance to disaster victims through a system of trained caseworkers. The assistance available may include essential living supplies, such as food, clothing, medicine, bedding, or baby products, emergency housing needs and disaster-related medical or funeral expenses.
Through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN)(www.satern.org/) and other amateur radio groups, The Salvation Army helps provide emergency communications when more traditional networks, such as telephones are inoperable.
It’s important that we remember, while most victims of the Colorado wildfires have homeowners insurance, sometimes it’s not enough to cover all the damage to their homes, vehicle and belongings. Additionally, in land-locked Colorado, residents don’t typically think they need flood insurance. According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), after a wildfire, mountainous areas are prone to flash flooding. Once hundreds of thousands of acres of trees and vegetation have burned away, rainwater can cause erosion, mudslides and flooding.
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