A few days ago, hundreds of families lost their homes in the Marshall Fire in Boulder County. Tens of thousands of our neighbors have been displaced by this catastrophe.
We will make sure Colorado has every resource possible to expedite recovery. Over the weekend, President Biden approved a Major Disaster Declaration, which unlocks federal funds to help our communities recover.
If you have been affected by the fire, there are resources in place to assist you:
- All residents or business owners who have sustained losses as a result of the Marshall Fire can apply for federal disaster aid HERE or at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Individuals with a hearing or speech impairment can call 1-800-462-7585. Toll-free numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. MT daily.
- Starting today, the Disaster Assistance Center in Lafayette will help with a range of services including filing claims for lost property, financial and food assistance, mental health support, transportation, and more. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT, seven days a week, at the Boulder County Southeast Hub: 1755 South Public Road, Lafayette
- Our Senate office can help with assistance, including replacing government documents such as passports, social security cards, birth certificates, and COVID-19 vaccination cards. Please call our Denver office at 303-244-1628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you became unemployed or had work interrupted by the Marshall Fire, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. More information can be found HERE; the application deadline is February 3, 2022
- The IRS has extended the tax deadline for impacted individuals and businesses to May 16, 2022. You may also be able to claim losses related to the disaster. Click HERE for more information.
Finally, I’d like to share our immense gratitude to our first responders and the other heroes who looked out for their neighbors during a terrifying time. Your bravery saved countless lives, showing Colorado at its best.
Senator John Hickenlooper