2016 Wildfires — Disaster Recovery

Junkins Fire; photo courtesy Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.

Were you affected by the recent Junkins Fire, Beulah Hill Fire, or Hayden Pass Fire?  The Governor has declared a disaster emergency for each of these wildfires.  Of the three recent fires, the Junkins Fire was the most destructive, destroying nine homes and nine other structures.  And with the recent warm, dry weather, there is potential for more fires.

Following Colorado’s September 2013 flood disaster, the Governor established the Colorado Resiliency & Recovery Office.  Their website, coloradounited.com, offers helpful resources for Coloradans affected by all types of disasters, including the recent wildfires.  In the Recovery section of the website, you can find information on temporary housing and rebuilding your home; FEMA assistance, insurance, and other financial information for individuals and businesses; mental health counseling; legal assistance; and much more.  The website is also a helpful resource for obtaining information on disaster mitigation.  Coloradans can also visit readycolorado.com to learn about preparedness.  The Colorado Resiliency & Recovery Office is also working with local governments to streamline disaster mitigation, response and recovery services.  Check out coloradounited.com to see what is happening in your community, and how you can get involved.