Lower North Fork Fire: How to help those affected

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Lower North Fork Fire destroys homes. March 27, 2012

Lower North Fork Fire destroys homes. March 27, 2012

The information below describes how you can help those affected by the Lower North Fork Fire. The guidelines come from COVOAD, Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Financial GIFTS are THE Best Way to Help!
— Cash allows disaster agencies to purchase exactly what is needed
— To make a financial gift to the organization of your choice, dial 211 (or 866-760-6489) for a list of reputable agencies responding to the disaster

— Do not go to the scene of a disaster
— The arrival of unexpected volunteers will interfere with response efforts 
— Stay safe by volunteering with a reputable agency!
— Volunteers will be needed most during the recovery phase. Please be patient and wait until relief agencies can train you and use your help
— If you want to volunteer, go to www.HelpColoradoNow.org, dial 211 (or 866-760-6489)

— Listen carefully to public service announcements for a list of needed items
— Donate only those things that are requested by officials and bring them to the official designated collection centers
— Items not needed may go to waste and get in the way of relief efforts
— It may take a few days to determine what items are needed and to set-up officially  designated collection centers to receive them
— If you want to make a donation, dial 211 (or 866-760-6489)

— Hold a yard sale or put on a fund-raising event and donate money raised to a voluntary organization responding to this disaster
— Have you already collected goods but can’t find an agency that needs them? Donate items to a local charitable agency