12:55 pm - Tuesday September 19, 2017

Disaster Recovery Center Serves Hundreds on First Day

El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center Recovery served more than 400 residents during its first day of operations.  The center has been established to bring together the resources of multiple non-profit and governmental agencies offering assistance to all El Paso County residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon fire.  The county has been working with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Division of Emergency Management to provide a central location where residents can access services ranging from filing insurance claims to grief counseling.  “We have drawn together the people with knowledge and expertise necessary to answer a variety of questions facing residents impacted by this tragic fire as our community moves forward to recover from this tragic event,” said El Paso County Commissioner Chair Amy Lathen.  “While it is heartbreaking to hear the stories of our neighbors who have lost so much, it is also heartwarming to see so many who are planning to recover, restore and rebuild.”

 

The El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center is located at the former El Paso County Department of Human Services building at 105 North Spruce Street.  It is open to citizens from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except the 4-th of July when it will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and Office of Emergency Management is providing assistance in establishing the Disaster Recovery Center.  From 30 years of experience in managing disasters, DOLA has learned the value of offering a central location where residents can access their insurance companies and get information from government agencies, non-profit groups and private sector participants including:

 

–          Colorado Office of Emergency Management (DOLA)

–          Pikes Peak Regional Building Department

–          Colorado Springs Utilities

–          Colorado Springs Emergency Management

–          AspenPointe (Mental Health Services)

–          El Paso County Veterans Services Office

–          United Way of the Pikes Peak Region

–          Care and Share (Community Food Bank)

–          Allstate, State Farm, Farmers, USAA, Safeco, American Family, AAA, Traveller’s, Liberty Mutual and many other Insurance Companies

–          Peak Vista (Community Health)

–          SET Health Services

–          Red Cross of the Pikes Peak Region

–          CSU Extension Service

–          Colorado Division of Insurance

–          Verizon Wireless

–          Century Link

–          BlySky Restoration

–          Liberty Mutual Reconstruction Team

–          Pikes Peak Association of Realtors

–          CRS Temporary Housing

–          Cisco

–          AT&T

 

To further help residents impacted by the fire Verizon Wireless has donated a 54 foot mobile communications center offering free Wi-Fi service, computer stations  and other communications resources.  The Verizon Mobile Communications Center is open the same hours as the Disaster Recovery Center.

 

The El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center is focused on providing services on person to person basis but residents can also call the center at 444-8300 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except the 4-th of July when the center will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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