Colorado National Guard supports emergency shelters amid frigid temperatures

Deborah Grigsby
dgrigsby@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/22/22

Close to 50 soldiers and airmen from the Colorado National Guard are helping people at emergency warming centers set up at the Denver Colosseum, Denver YMCA, East Boulder Community Centers …

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Colorado National Guard supports emergency shelters amid frigid temperatures

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Close to 50 soldiers and airmen from the Colorado National Guard are helping people at emergency warming centers set up at the Denver Colosseum, Denver YMCA, East Boulder Community Centers and other locations across the metro area.

Working closely with local authorities, Guard members are distributing meals, supplies and other comfort items to those seeking shelter from the brutal winter storm that on Wednesday night brought snow and record sub-zero temperatures to the region.

 Guard members were authorized for duty by Gov. Jared Polis a day prior to the storm’s arrival.

Their mission—to support extreme cold weather operations and assist the State Emergency Operations Center.  They will remain on duty through Dec. 23, unless extended by another gubernatorial order.

“During the holiday season, the members of the Colorado Army and Air National Guard are here to help the people of Colorado in times of need, such as the extreme weather event we are about to experience,” 140th Wing Commander U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Southard said.  “As citizen airmen and soldiers, we are always ready to support our community members in times of need and it’s an honor to serve our community when called upon.”

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