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Latest resources for Marshall Fire survivors and ways you can help

 Volunteers unload water from a pick-up truck at the disaster recovery center in Lafayette on Friday, January 7.
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Volunteers unload water at the disaster recovery center in Lafayette on Friday, January 7.

Last updated on Jan. 11, 2022

Communities have begun the recovery process in the wake of the devastating fires in Boulder County. Here is a list of resources to receive aid or help those impacted by the Marshall and Middle Fork fires.

Resources available starting this week

New ways to help affected communities

  • Boulder OEM: The Boulder Office of Emergency Management is accepting physical donations starting January 11 at the Flatirons Crossing Mall, at the former Nordstrom's location between Macy's and Dick's Sporting Goods. A current list of needs and items not being accepted can be found at BOEM's website.
  • Guardian Storage + YMCA donations: Guardian Storage, in partnership with the YMCA of Northern Colorado, are collecting donations of toiletries, clothing, pet food, diapers and more at all properties (except in Superior). Those who wish to donate can drop off any of the requested items during regular business hours.

Ongoing resources for those seeking aid

Getting help
Residents in need of immediate assistance can visit the Disaster Assistance Center located at the Boulder County Southeast Hub, 1755 South Public Road, Lafayette, call the Boulder Office of Emergency Management at 303-413-7730 or contact a local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Specific resources available at the Disaster Assistance Center include:

  • Consultation on property loss and filing insurance claims
  • Emergency shelter referrals
  • Food assistance
  • Mental health services
  • Replacement vital records, including Colorado driver licenses and state IDs
  • Replacement vehicle titles and registration
  • Referrals for personal finance planning

The governor's office has additional information for impacted residents on their website, including instructions for applying for FEMA or Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance, and tips for filing insurance claims.

Many other organizations and businesses are offering services to those affected:

  • Blackbelly Market fire relief: The Blackberry Market is providing free food, clothing, and supplies to those affected by the fires Friday, January 7 - Friday, January 14 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the weekend. They are also seeking volunteers.

Housing
If you have housing available for displaced residents, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management recommends signing up as a host through the Airbnb Open Homes program.

The Marshall Fire Housing Needs and Availability Facebook group was created by local realtors to "connect people looking for housing and those with housing to offer."

Items and services
Boulder OEM is directing people to fill out this form to offer donations of goods and services.

Mental health
Community Foundation Boulder County recommends reaching out to the following organizations for mental health support:

Mutual aid

Pets and animals

Ways you can help those affected

Cash donations

Housing
If you have housing available for displaced residents, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management recommends signing up as a host through the Airbnb Open Homes program.

Volunteering
Individuals interested in volunteering should sign up through the Colorado Responds website. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle has asked people wishing to help not to self-deploy to the affected areas.

Specific volunteer opportunities available:

We will update this list as more information becomes available. If you have information on resources available to those affected, or ways others can assist, please email them directly to ashley.jefcoat@kunc.org.

Additional credit: The Boulder Reporting Lab and their BRL Today newsletter.

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