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Estes Valley Disaster Relief Fund Update

A disaster in the form of fire hit our close-knit community this summer and individuals were impacted in various ways. Some were impacted immediately, escaping the blaze by mere seconds. Many were left homeless and some of those found themselves using insurance money intended to rebuild to pay for day-to-day living expenses. Some are just beginning to realize how much they lost and how much they still need. As our community came together, money was generously raised by our community to support those in crisis due to the Woodland Heights Fire. Shortly thereafter, the Estes Valley Disaster Relief Fund was founded in order to respond to the basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing and resources. The funds raised by the community were funneled into an account managed by Crossroads Ministry as the fiscal agent. Applications for assistance were created and distributed by Estes Valley Victim Advocates. A process of distributing these funds began quickly. The Estes Valley Disaster Relief Fund has given out funds for work clothes, rental assistance, car repair, household items, tools and other goods and services to 27 individuals who were impacted by the fire. The community volunteers who sit on the Estes Valley Disaster Relief Fund know that recovery is not only about the restoration of buildings, systems and services but also about individuals and families being able to rebound from their devastating losses. With this in mind and with the help of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Estes Valley Disaster Relief Fund has moved from 'short-term recovery' work to 'long-term recovery' work. The long-term program will incorporate a case management team along with an unmet needs committee comprised of relief agencies, faith-based, non-profit, government, business and civic organizations. A strong, well-organized longterm recovery group can ensure that available resources are utilized to address recovery needs in the long haul and that nobody is left behind. The goal of the Estes Valley Long-Term Recovery Team is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in our community recovers from the Woodland Heights Fire. If you need assistance or would like to donate services, resources or funds please call or email the Estes Valley Long-Term Recovery Team at 970-217- 3160 or EstesValleyRe@aol.com. Watch our June 23, 2012 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4fgujs3wJY

Slash Collection At Stanley Park Fairgrounds

The Estes Valley Fire Protection District will once again be providing a slash collection site to assist individual residents, not commercial locations or businesses, get rid of slash they have accumulated as they have improved defensible spaces around homes. Due to space limitations, we will not be accepting any bags or piles of yard debris (needles and cones) or slash from commercial sites. Residents of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District can bring slash to the Community Drive entrance of the Stanley Park Fairgrounds on Saturdays: October 20th , 27th and November 3rd , only, from 9:00-1:00. Turn left as you enter the fairgrounds and the site will be directly ahead. Slash consists of tree trimmings, small tree trunks, and shrubs that have been removed to create or improve defensible space around structures. Fire fighters appreciate all the work property owners do to reduce wildfire hazards as they cannot take the time to do that work when a wildfire threatens an area. Here are some actions property owners can do to create defensible spaces. * Thin continuous tree and brush cover around all structures. * Clean out gutters and roof areas where pine needles collect regularly. * Clean pine needles and other debris from under decks and in corners of structures. * Mow grass and weeds around structures to prevent flames from reaching it. * Prune tree branches to a height of 8-10 feet to eliminate the possibility of fire reaching the branches (ladder fuels) and burning the tree and possibly reaching the structure. * Remove any small tree or shrub from under large trees to prevent fire from reaching the tree branches. * Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from any structure. * Post reflective house numbers at the edge of the road so they are clearly visible both day and night. * Make sure the driveway is at least 12 feet wide and all tree branches are cleared to a height of 14 feet to allow emergency response vehicles safe access to all structures. For more information on creating defensible space and additional safety measures, contact: Sue Pinkham at: spinkham@estes.org or 970-577-3682. EP NEWS/ Kris Hazelton

Friday, October 19, 2012

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