Marshall Fire: FEMA and help desk provide resources and warn against contractor scams

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – This week marks another milestone in the rebuilding effort after the Marshall Fire.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making information about available resources available to residents as the county begins a damage assessment.

Anne Furman tells FOX31 that the agency recommends the use of non-flammable materials.

“Instead of asphalt or wood shingles, use more of a metal or terracotta roof,” she said.

FEMA also recommends that anyone hiring a contractor check their references and hire a local company. The business must be registered with the state. A recording can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

“In times of disaster, many entrepreneurs try to come from out of town and take advantage of people who have been through a very vulnerable time,” Furman explained.

FEMA is working with local authorities to assist those in need through the Disaster Assistance Center located at 1755 S. Public Rd. in Lafayette, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

The one-stop center provides Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Small Business Administration services, in addition to social security, vital records and medical assistance.

Molly McCray says she lost everything in the fire.

“It started less than a mile from our house; Our whole neighborhood is gone,” McCray said.

She says having an assistance center for those affected by the fire is something she and her family are truly grateful for during this tragic time in their lives.

“They helped me get a new driver’s license, [and] let me start applying for new birth certificates for the whole family,” she said.

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