Posted: 06/28/2012 - Below is a release from the Boys&Girls Club: The Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region is offering free child care to evacuees of the Waldo Canyon Fire. Youth ages 5-18 are able to attend the E. A. Tutt Location located at 1455 S. Chelton Rd., C/S, CO 80910 which is open 6 am to 6 pm. Verification of residency in the evacuated areas will be required. Forms of verification can be a driver’s license or ID, passport, bills or any other method of residency verification. While at the Club members are provided breakfast, lunch and snack throughout the day. To register your child(ren) you can either come to the Central Office at 102 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Ste. 500, C/S, CO 80903 or at the E. A. Tutt Location. We are accepting evacuees as early as today. Unfortunately, due to State licensing safety regulations, we can only enroll 135 evacuees therefore, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Posted: 06/28/2012 - For pregnant women, evacuations can add an extra wrinkle to an already complicated and stressful situation. The organization Save the Children has provided a list of suggestions for expectant mothers during this wildfire crisis. Tips for expectant mothers: • When checking into a shelter or temporary housing, alert the staff if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant. • If pregnant, seek prenatal care even if it is not with your usual provider. • Make sure health care providers at the shelter know about any special needs or health problems that you or your child have, or any medicines you might be taking (both over the counter and prescription.) • Pregnant women and children should stay indoors, if possible, to keep from breathing smoke or fumes. (This is true for anyone, not just pregnant women and children) • If you’re pregnant, rest often and get plenty of water.
Updated: 06/27/2012 - The Colorado Bar Association is offering free legal aid to Waldo Canyon fire victims. Call 800-332-6736 for non-emergency legal questions. Callers will leave info, including name, contact information, and the nature of their legal issue or question, and will be contacted by an attorney within 48 hours to answer questions or to refer them to a legal aid organization. Attorneys will assist with questions related to issues such as property loss, insurance claims, landlord-tenant issues, replacing wills and other important legal documents, and consumer protection matters. This is not for evacuation-related questions. This is for legal questions only. For more information, click on the link.
Posted: 06/27/2012 - The spread of the Waldo Canyon fire has forced the Postal Service to relocate postal operations for affected customers to pick up their mail. NEW: If you receive mail at the Air Force Academy, 80840, your mail will be available for pickup at Briargate Station, 8585 Criterion Dr. Hours of service are from 730 a.m. – 6 p.m, phone (719) 265-4409. NEW: If you receive mail out of Rockrimmon Station, 80919/80949, mail will be available for pickup at Templeton Station, 4356 Montebello Dr. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., (719) 266-6033. NEW: If you receive mail out of North End Station, 80907, Holland Park, West Centennial and Garden of the Gods area, mail will be available for pickup at North End Station, 2940 N Prospect. Hours are from 730 a.m. – 530 p.m. (719) 473-5304. CONTINUING: If you live in Green Mountain Falls, CO, 80819, mail pickup will be out of the Woodland Park, Tamarac Station, located at 900 Tamarac Parkway. Hours are from 9:00 -5:00, phone 719-686-0240. CONTINUING: If you live in Cascade, CO, 80809, mail pickup will be at the Colorado Springs, West End Retail Unit, located at 204 S 25th St 80904. Hours are from 8:30-5:30, phone 719-473-6513. CONTINUING: If you live in the Colorado Springs, Cedar Heights and Kissing Camel area, ZIP 80904, mail pickup will be at the Colorado Springs West End Retail Unit located at 204 S 25th St 80904. Hours are 8:30-5:30, phone 719-473-6513. Future delivery decisions will be made after consulting with local emergency managers. If there are further questions about your specific area, please call the appropriate number above for assistance.
Posted: 06/22/2012 - Any girls out there interested in a firefighting or emergency services career? The Colorado Springs Fire Department would like to invite girls ages 15-19 to Summer Heat 2012. It's a summer camp with the mission of introducing "young women to the fire service and encourage their pursuit of a career in emergency services, while broadening their problem solving abilities and developing leadership skills. Girls attending the camp will learn about safety, physical exercise and nutrition, and follow a curriculum from the International Fire Service Training Association. Among other things, girls will leave the camp CPR certified. Applications are due July 3. Camp is July 21 and July 23-27. Click here for more info.