Disaster Assistance Centers scaling back services this week
Boulder County, Colo. – As Boulder County’s two Disaster Assistance Centers scale back services this week, county officials are encouraging residents to come to county offices for help in recovering from the recent flooding disaster.
The Disaster Assistance Centers (DACs) in Boulder and Longmont have collectively served nearly 5,000 households since they opened two weeks ago, and numbers of visitors have declined significantly in recent days. Beginning Tuesday in Boulder and Wednesday in Longmont, the DACs will transition from full-scale operations to centers offering services from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA).
“We coordinated our assistance center response with county staff, city staff from Boulder and Longmont, community non-profits, and state and federal agencies, and the result has been overwhelmingly successful,” said Robin Bohannan, Director of the Boulder County Department of Community Services. “As we move the flood response back to our main county offices, where we have access to all of our services and staff, we can even more effectively and efficiently get our neighbors the full range of services they need.”
In Boulder County, the Disaster Assistance Centers are located at Twin Peaks Mall in Longmont (1250 South Hover Road) and 5495 Arapahoe Avenue (55th & Arapahoe) in Boulder. After county, city, and non-profit staff transition back to their offices, FEMA and SBA will operate on a 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. schedule daily in both DACs for an indefinite period of time.
The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS) is also coordinating two mountain-area Disaster Assistance Centers this week. On Tuesday, a DAC will operate at the Nederland Community Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, a DAC will operate at the Allenspark Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In both locations, residents can get a needs assessment, access health services and debris removal services, and get cleaning supplies, food and water, bus passes, crisis counseling, and much more. (Learn more…)
“The road to recovery is going to be a long one for some of our mountain communities,” said BCDHHS Director Frank Alexander. “We want to be sure everyone knows about the full range of services they may qualify for, disaster-related or not, so we can help them get back on solid ground again.”
As the DACs scale back on providing county-related services, those services may now be obtained at Boulder County’s Health, Housing & Human Services locations in Boulder and Longmont. Land Use, Transportation and other infrastructure questions can also be answered by phone or at their respective offices in Boulder. (Link: County office locations)
For a complete list of contacts, visit: www.bouldercounty.org/flood/assistance/pages/contacts.aspx
More on the Disaster Assistance Centers and other flood-related information is available at www.BoulderCountyFlood.org.