Facing an outpouring of community support following the Pack Creek fire, Moab Police Chief Jim Winder asked that anyone who wants to help should give cash donations. An account has been set up with Grand County Credit Union. Donations should be made to “Cinema Court Fire.” Watch county and city websites for more information.
“The public is very well-intentioned but bringing clothing and house wares and those kinds of things is difficult because right now there’s really no place for these people to receive them or to use them,”Winder told The Times-Independent. The most important thing is cash donations and the account has already been set up and it is available for people to view at the city and county websites. That cash will be used to ensure that people’s immediate personal needs are taken care of,” Winder said.
If a person’s property has been damaged, the first thing they should do is report it to the Moab City Police or Grand County Sheriff’s Office depending on the location of their property, Winder said.
Those who need support for a life needs such as clothing can go to the Moab Fire Station, where representatives of the Red Cross are available to help with short-term needs, according to a Facebook post by the Moab Police Department.
“The combatting of the fire, which was heroic, is only one phase of the operation. Both the county and the city are committed to ensuring that we stay with the community as they go through the very difficult and emotional aspects of the clean up and the restoration and recovery. Oftentimes people get focused on the drama of the initial event but people need to know that we’re not going to simply walk away,” said Winder. “We’re going to stand by them.”