Story by American Red Cross Volunteer, Catherine Barde
Eldin and Audrey Myer, married 53 years and lifelong Colorado residents, lost their home in the devastating flood waters in Evans, Colorado. They found themselves in one of many shelters opened across Colorado as safe place for people to stay along with blankets, cots, food, comfort and emotional support.
“We got taken out on a boat – the water was over our fence,” Eldin recalled. They watched their home surrounded by a wall of water as they left. Trees, barrels and tires filled the turbulent water as the boat carried them to safety. John Betz, their nephew, lost his home next door and shared his photo of their rescue.
Eldin and Audrey were escorted to the local hospital and then found shelter at the Greeley Recreation Center. Red Cross Health Services has continued to monitor their medication needs and blood pressure.
“We have lost everything including our pets, we just had no time to get anything except Eldin’s cane and my purse,” Audrey said.
“When I close my eyes, I see water, I hear water”, Audrey Myer said, as tears welled up in her eyes. “When you have lost everything, it is so great to come to the Red Cross shelter. There is a nurse, personal items, shampoo and toiletries. We are so grateful.”
HOW TO HELP:
VOLUNTEERING: At this time, the American Red Cross of Colorado is fortunate to have volunteers who are trained, ready and willing to support our response to the flooding in our communities. We thank individuals and community groups who are willing to support this effort and encourage them to register to become new volunteers to help with future disaster responses. They can find all relevant information at http://www.redcross.org/co/denver/volunteer.
Should the situation change or worsen, we will update information on our website and in press releases to indicate whether we are accepting volunteers to help with this response.
In Kind Donations: The Red Cross does not accept donated items at their shelters. People with items to donate are urged to go to www.helpcoloradonow.org to find out where supplies are needed.
DONATE: The Red Cross is able to respond to a widespread disaster affecting numerous communities because of the generosity of donors. If you would like to support our work responding to these and other disasters, donate online at www.redcross.org/donate or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY: One of the best ways to take action right now if you are not personally affected by the flooding is to prepare yourself, your loved ones and/or your workplace. When you are prepared, you contribute to your community’s ability to withstand and recover from disasters. Find out more and start making your emergency Game Plan by visiting our National Preparedness Month information page: http://www.redcross.org/news/event/National-Preparedness-Month—Colorado.
KEEP IN TOUCH: If you live in an affected community, please notify your loved ones of your status via text, phone, e-mail or social media. In addition, list your status on www.safeandwell.org. You may also search for people on the site.