Welcome to the 101st Feature of Friday’s Ramblin Roundup!
Oh, hi! It’s Friday! Welcome to the 101st feature of Friday’s Ramblin Roundup. Did you know that Room 101 is a torture chamber in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell?
Today we’re going to give you good news about the floods in Colorado + links and resources to how you can help support recovery efforts.
As you know, last week floods devastated our beautiful front range. Called a “100-year-flood,” because there’s usually a 1 in 100 chance of it happening in a given year, record rains overwhelmed our rivers.
People have lost their lives, homes, and more. I feel very fortunate that at Ramblin Jackson our office and our team members are safe. Some of us, myself included, were required to evacuate our homes. Our web developer, Cynthia, had to evacuate her house and leave her saltwater aquarium behind, but on her hike down – she was able to put several misplaced trout back into the water. I live in Lyons and won’t be able to return for a little while, but I’ve been blessed to have generous friends in Boulder to take me in, and I’m continually amazed by the way our community has banded together through relief efforts.
As web marketers, we’re inspired by the way people have turned to Social Media during the flood to share information. On Twitter, the hashtag #boulderflood was and continues to be a great way to find resources and up-to-date information.
Of course, the good old-fashioned telephone was also in use. I was giving a speech in Utah while the flood happened but was fortunately still able to talk with my wife in Lyons on our landline phone to get updates from her, and I also used the internet quite a bit.
Google Maps created a map with road closures and other information that helped me determine when and how I could get to Boulder.
And Facebook has been a great way to connect with my neighbors, friends and local newspapers to stay up to date, especially through photos and videos.
How to help Colorado Flood Relief + the Story of Scott Brooks
Natural disasters show us the destructive power of mother nature. Natural disasters also bring out the true compassion, heart, and generosity of human kind.
In addition to the supporting larger organizations like the Red Cross, we also recommend the checking out the following grassroots organizations to consider donating or getting involved as a volunteer:
The Lyons Community Foundation is raising money specifically for the rebuilding of Lyons.
donateboulder.org is a accepting donations and organizing volunteers,
and our friends at boulderfloodrelief.org are helping to spread resources within the community person-to-person level.
A friend of ours, Scott Brooks, is the illustrator behind the logo at Colorado Flood Relief.
You might have seen his artwork featuring the Colorado “C” shielded from rain by an umbrella. It’s been receiving a lot of attention and – as of this writing – the Flood Relief Facebook page has nearly 63,000 likes. We spoke with Scott to learn a bit more about how he made this all happen, what motivated him, and what his organization is doing to help flood victims.
Stay Strong, Colorado!
Well that’s all the time we have for today. Stay strong, Colorado, we’ll get through this flood together. If you know of any additional resources please feel free to post a comment or send us an email. We hope you have a great weekend, and we’ll look forward to seeing you next Friday.
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