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.
Jump to a section:
- Alerts and incident updates from the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center.
- Air quality and smoke information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
- Fire bans, fire restrictions and wildfire information from the Colorado State Forest Service.
- Flood threat bulletin from the Water Conservation Board.
- Road and weather conditions from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
- Water conditions from the Division of Water Resources.
- 2-1-1 Colorado: Locate emergency services near you.
- American Red Cross: Colorado chapters
- County emergency managers: Contact info, receive emergency alerts, and more.
- See also: Regional emergency managers
Find loved ones
- Safe and Well - Find loved ones or register yourself as "safe and well" with the Red Cross
- Apply for disaster assistance from the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network
- Apply for disaster assistance from FEMA
Families and students displaced by wildfires (and other natural disasters) could be eligible for McKinney-Vento services.
- McKinney-Vento homeless education - For students displaced by disasters.
- Serving students experiencing homelessness under Title I Part A (PDF)
- Title I and homelessness (PDF)
- National Center for Homeless Education: Disaster preparation and response.
- 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:
- Child nutrition programs during a disaster (PDF): Tips on accessing healthy meals in the event of a disaster.
- Disaster response: How state agencies, school food authorities, institutions or sponsors can provide meals and respond during natural disaster situations.
- Providing child nutrition program benefits to disaster survivor evacuees: Options and regulations for connecting children and adult survivors with child nutrition program benefits.
Understanding special education when children with disabilities are displaced:
- Supporting Displaced Students: Special Education fact sheet (DOC)
- Supporting Displaced Students: Special Education fact sheet (PDF)
- Supporting Displaced Students: Special Education fact sheet (Web version)
- Questions and Answers on Special Education and Homelessness (PDF)
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.
Coping and counseling tools
- Coping strategies for you and your young child after a traumatic event (PDF)
- Crisis counseling guide including typical responses by age and tips for parents
- Psychological first aid and skills for psychological recovery
- Tips for managing behavioral health issues after a disaster
- Tips for helping students recover from traumatic events: For parents, students, teachers, school psychologists, counselors and social workers, coaches and administrators.
- 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.
- Salvaging damaged family treasures (PDF): FEMA fact sheet with tips following a fire.
- Recovery resources from Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office: Serves as the resiliency and recovery leader, advocate, liaison and resource across multidisciplinary state and federal agencies on behalf of the Colorado Governor's Office.
- Colorado Cultural Historic Resources Task Force: Works to improve the State of Colorado’s mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts for cultural and historic resources.
- Colorado School Safety Resource Center: Resources, toolkits and support for creating safe, positive and successful school environments for Colorado students.
- Fire resources from Colorado State University Extension
- Flash flood safety tips
- Flood resources from the Consulate of Mexico in Denver
- Flood resources from the Department of Public Health and Environment
- Foodservice emergency readiness plan (PDF)
- Mold and moisture control in schools (PDF)
- Mold and moisture Q&As (PDF)
- Pest management resources
- Safety and security facility information to promote a safe and secure environment for students and school staff. Includes virtual toolkits, guides of operations and planning advice.
- School crisis guide from the National Education Association
- School safety and crisis resources from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Talking to children about violence: Tips for parents and teachers on helping children feel safe by talking with them about their fears.
- Youth violence prevention
- Division of Fire Prevention and Control
- Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- National Fire Protection Association
- Other national, state and local disaster resources
If you have any questions about the information on this page, please contact CDE.