The American Red Cross of Wyoming is urging people to prepare for the potential for wildfires this year. The organization is calling for more volunteers to help in providing relief to families affected by disasters. With the increasing number of billion-dollar disasters in the U.S., including wildfires, there is a need for more volunteers to assist in providing shelter, food, and support to those affected by these disasters.
Red Cross volunteers make up 90% of the organization’s workforce and are continuously providing support to families in need. In 2022, 124 local Red Cross volunteers provided assistance to those evacuated from their homes due to wildfires. The need for volunteers has never been greater as the number of disasters increases each year.
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control predicts an average wildland fire activity in 2023 based on current outlooks, weather patterns, and fuel conditions. On average, Colorado experiences over 5,500 wildland fires per year. The southeast corner of the state is particularly vulnerable to severe to exceptional drought conditions, with the highest potential for fire activity in the short term.
To help in providing relief to those affected by disasters, people can become a Red Cross volunteer. The most-needed disaster positions include shelter support, health services, and disaster action team. In addition, families can take steps to prepare for disasters, including downloading the free Red Cross First Aid app and the free Emergency app for weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations, and more safety tips.
By taking steps to prepare for potential disasters and volunteering to assist those affected, we can help ensure that families receive the support they need when they need it most. Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday for more information on becoming a Red Cross volunteer.