Jeffco team coordinating recovery efforts in Windsor

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By AJ Vicens

Jefferson County’s Incident Management Team took control of the recovery efforts in Windsor in the wake of the devastating tornadoes of May 22.

A statement was released announcing the team's control of the recovery efforts in the affected neighborhoods of Windsor and in the surrounding areas.

At least one person died and more than 100 were treated for injuries when a series of twisters tore through northern Colorado.

Fourteen fire departments, three ambulance services, seven police departments and numerous sheriff's offices and other agencies responded to the Windsor area. One of the key roles of an incident management team is coordinating all those entities in one organized effort.

The focus May 23 was restoring power to the town and specifically to the Windsor Nursing Home, and removing debris.

The Jeffco team most recently was called out in March to deal with water contamination in Alamosa that cut off the city's water supply. As part of interviews for that story, Shires said the role of an IMT is to come into an area and coordinate emergency response, recovery, public information and strategy when an incident becomes too big for the local jurisdiction to handle on its own.

Cash donations preferred for Windsor relief

Cash is the best donation to help recovery efforts in Windsor, according to the Weld County Sheriff's Office.

In the wake of the tornadoes that devastated the town May 22, many Coloradans have inquired about what to contribute.

"Cash helps ensure the agency can obtain exactly what is needed to best assist the community, and provides an easily documented tax deduction," Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said.

Used clothing is not preferred because it is hard to store and transport. Disaster agencies are not allowed to use: bottled water that isn't commercially sealed; home-canned food; canned goods that are dented, rusted or out of date; or used underwear.

“The people of our state, and across the nation, are always so generous in times of need,” Cooke said. “We’re very appreciative of that generosity, and want to help the public help us to ensure that the right items reach the right places at the right time.”

Call 2-1-1 or 800-559-5590 for more information, or check the Weld sheriff's website at www.weldsheriff.com.