DigitalGlobe provided the following information regarding the Colorado Floods, a disaster unfolding in its backyard, close to its headquarters in Longmont, Colorado.
September 17, 2013
By Timothy M. Hascall, Executive Vice President, Operations and Customer Experience
DigitalGlobe is used to supporting emergency response and recovery efforts during many major disasters around the world. For the majority of DigitalGlobe employees, the impact of the flooding in Colorado this week has affected the communities in which we work and live.
Despite the state of emergency affecting our state, DigitalGlobe’s headquarters in Longmont and office in Thornton have been able to remain operational throughout the days of flooding. We are thankful to our committed team members who have made it their priority to continue to serve our customers around the world, whose missions never cease.
As with any natural disaster, we are doing what we can to aid in search and rescue efforts by activating our FirstLook service and disseminating those images and actionable information to first responders on the ground, like FEMA and the National Guard. Since the floods began, we’ve collected more than 21,000 square kilometers of imagery with our constellation, spanning the hardest hit areas of Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties.
It has been reported that the flooding has hit parts of 15 counties in Colorado, leaving nearly 18,000 homes damaged, 1,500 homes destroyed and more than 11,000 people under evacuation order. Many of our employees have been affected by the floods and we are committed to working with those who have been impacted, as well as helping the greater community.
If you would like to help, here are some charities accepting donations for flood victims:
• Red Cross
To help people affected by disasters like these floods, people can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be made by visiting ColoradoRedCross.org.
• Help Colorado Now
HelpColoradoNow.org is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster(COVOAD). This initiative brings together government agencies and nonprofit organizations so they may better assist communities affected by disasters.
• Foothills United Way
Foothills United Way has established the ‘Foothills Flood Relief Fund’ to be able to respond to the effects of these storms. Organizers expect to use this fund for immediate relief as well as longer-term recovery in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. The Fund is accessible online at unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief