Colorado Springs, CO, Thursday, June 14, 2013 –256 families received help at the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) on Friday, June 14, for a two-day total of 473 families. The most frequent questions were about housing, insurance, utilities, replacing social security cards, dumpsters for spoiled food, and pet food/shelters. The DAC is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center located at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road until further notice. The DAC has more than 40 service agencies ready and available to assist.
“We are pleased to see so many sectors of our community eager to assist families during these challenging times. Numerous families came to the Disaster Assistance Center with their dogs and cats the first day we opened. In addition to childcare, we now have pet care for animals while families are getting their needs met. When needs are identified, we are trying to get them addressed as quickly as possible. People are leaving feeling helped and hugged,” said Commissioner Peggy Littleton.
The Disaster Assistance Center brings together representatives of major insurance companies, El Paso County Public Health, healthcare providers, the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, utilities providers, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Office of Emergency Management, grief counselors and local non-profits offering services to residents impacted by the Black Forest Fire.
“We learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire last year that citizens have a wide variety of needs,” said Commissioner Chair Dennis Hisey. “By bringing together state and local agencies and non-profit organizations with a lot of experience and expertise the Disaster Assistance Center can make a real difference.”
Those people who have available housing should call 444-8301. Those wishing to donate food should deliver the food to Care and Share, 2605 preamble Pointe (near Powers and Constitution), Colorado Springs, CO 80915.
Monetary donations may be made to the Pike Peak Community Foundation, 730 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (please note in the memo line: Black Forest Fire) or donations can be made to the local agency of the giver’s choice.
Agencies Currently at the DAC
211 United Way community Resource
All State Insurance
American Claims LLC
American Family Insurance
Animal Care During Center Hours
Apartment Association of Southern Colorado
Better Business Bureau
Care and Share
Colorado Baptist Disaster Relief
Colorado Division of Insurance
Colorado Springs Utilities
Colorado State University Extension
EPC Development Services/ Planning
EPC Household Hazardous Waste
EPC Public Health
EPC Veterans Services
Home Builders Association
Mercy's Gate Church
Pikes Peak Area Realtors - Housing
Pikes Peak Regional Building Department
School District 20
Small Business Development Center
State Farm Insurance
State of Colorado DOLA
The Independent Center
United Policy Holders
VOAD Multi-Agency Referral and Support