We know that many of our students, faculty and staff have been affected by recent fires, including the Marshall Fire and NCAR Fire, and our university will do everything we can to provide support. We will add resources and updates to this page as they become available.
For CU Boulder community members impacted by the fires
Boulder County residents affected should monitor the Boulder Office of Emergency Management website for updates and resources.
The NCAR Fire public information call center's hours are available at boulderoem.com. The phone number is 303-413-7730.
The first priority in any emergency situation is safety. Beyond physical safety, unexpected natural disasters such as the one we are experiencing in and around the Boulder region can be devastating to our wellbeing. These events may additionally cause significant disruption to our lives or lives of those we care about.
For community members who want to help
For those who want to donate to people in need during this time, you can directly support CU Boulder community members via Buffs Together. There are more giving opportunities, including Feed the Stampede which supports our local pantry, and additional volunteer opportunities available via the Volunteer Resource Center.
Boulder County has launched a Marshall Fire resources page.
CU Boulder students who continue to need emergency support should reach out to email@example.com. Staff and faculty impacted may apply for emergency funds via the Staff & Faculty Emergency Fund.
For housing and food assistance
If community members want to rent hotel rooms for short term housing needs, some hotels offer CU faculty and staff a CU rate if they use their CU Boulder Buff OneCard through the Preferred Hotel Program. Payment must be on a personal credit card (not a P-Card or Travel Card). The Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau is highlighting discount hotels and hotels that are offering a third night free (conditions may apply).
Work and academic accommodations
Community members in need of WiFi hot spots or laptops should reach out to the Student Emergency Fund and Staff & Faculty Emergency Fund.
Employees and graduate students with teaching appointments in need of work or leave accommodations should contact their supervisors directly.
Students displaced by the fire should contact their instructors and if they need further assistance, should contact Student Support and Case Management.
Teaching assistants should contact the instructor of record for their class.
Graduate part time instructors should contact their chair, director or associate dean.
The Office of Information Technology’s Hybrid Work Recommendations page has resources and best practices for transitioning to hybrid work.
For counseling and advocacy
It is perfectly normal to experience a heightened sense of worry and alertness. If you are finding that your worries are detrimental to your basic functioning or if you are needing to process the traumatic event, it may be time to reach out to a close friend, trusted community leader or professional counselor.
We understand that for many of you, there will be a long recovery from this traumatic event, and our university and campus community will support you in every way that we can.
Individuals impacted by fires should review the Leave Options in Event of a Natural Disaster or Local Emergency Page.
Many employees are asking how to donate leave to the Leave Sharing Program or directly to a colleague. The leave sharing fund is currently healthy and no additional donations are needed at this time. Direct donation to an individual is not an available option.
For community members who want to help
For those who want to donate to people in need during this time, you can directly support CU Boulder community members via Buffs Together. There are more giving and volunteering opportunities available via the Volunteer Resource Center.
FSAP has created a list of 9 tips for helping those lost their homes in the Marshall Fire.
The Boulder County District Attorney has warned people to be wary of scams, including fundraisers or “Go Fund Me” pages which could be posing as the people or organizations they are supposed to help.
For those in need of transportation, CU Boulder can help. If you need a bike on campus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For other bike options around town, visit Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance. There is also free access for CU students to Boulder BCycle.
Colorado Carshare is also offering free carshare membership to those impacted by the fires.