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Colorado Disaster Resources

About these resources

The Colorado Department of Education compiled information to help school districts and families who have been impacted by natural disasters across the state. These resources are intended to help with educational issues associated with natural disasters and to provide information on emergency community assistance.

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Alerts and incident updates

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Emergency assistance

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Find loved ones

  • Safe and Well - Find loved ones or register yourself as "safe and well" with the Red Cross



Families and students displaced by wildfires (and other natural disasters) could be eligible for McKinney-Vento services.

Migrant families

  • Migrant education: Regional migrant contacts may have information on local emergency support and resources for migrant families.


An overview of operating child nutrition programs during a disaster:

Special education

Understanding special education when children with disabilities are displaced:

Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the current school year:

  • If a student has a Colorado IEP and enrolls in a new Colorado district as a result of being displaced, the new district can adopt their IEP or provide comparable services (in consultation with the parents) until they can develop a new IEP that meets the requirements in 300.320, .321, .322, .323, .324.
  • If a student has an IEP from another state and enrolls in a Colorado district as a result of being displaced, the new district must provide comparable services (in consultation with the parents) until a new evaluation is conducted (if necessary) and develop a new IEP, if appropriate, that meets the requirements in 300.320, .321, .322, .323, .324.

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  • Help Kids Cope app: This mobile app helps teachers and parents talk to kids about the disasters they may face and know how best to support them throughout, whether sheltering-in-place at home, evacuating to a designated shelter, or healing a family after reuniting.

Crisis and tip lines

  • Colorado Crisis Services: CRISIS LINE: 1-844-493-TALK (8255) is a 24/7/365 support line. All calls are connected to a mental health professional, who will provide immediate support and connections to further resources.
  • Safe To Tell is an anonymous tip line that can get help to students and schools immediately.

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Recovery and rebuilding

Recovery organizations

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Preparedness resources

Preparedness organizations

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How to help

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If you have any questions about the information on this page, please contact CDE.