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Red Cross Joins Partners in Opening Resource Centers for Those Affected by Recent Flooding

“One-Stop Shops” Offering Relief and Recovery Resources in Waseca & Freeborn Counties

ROCHESTER, MN, October 5, 2016 – The American Red Cross is partnering with local non-profits, public agencies and private sector organizations to open resource centers for those affected by recent flooding in southern Minnesota.

The Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) will help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate assistance for their specific disaster-caused needs. Services available including signing up for muck-out and debris removal, distribution of clean-up supplies, disaster assistance for qualified residents, crisis counseling and informational resources.

 Waseca County

Waseca Central Intermediate School
501 E. Elm Ave.
Waseca, MN 56093

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct 7th, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Freeborn County

Albert Lea United Methodist Church
702 Hwy 69 South
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Monday, Oct. 10th, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Further dates to be determined by need. Individuals and families registering are required to bring identification showing address and proof of residence to be eligible for potential assistance from some agencies.

Free Red Cross Emergency & First Aid Apps
Have safety and first aid information at your fingertips. The emergency app features weather alerts, information on open Red Cross shelters, a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and a one-touch “I’m Safe” button that lets you use social media outlets to let family and friends know you are okay. The apps include a Spanish language toggle switch and can be downloaded by visiting redcross.org/apps.

Volunteer Needs
We thank individuals and community groups who are willing to support this effort and encourage them to register to become new volunteers to help with future disaster responses. Training is free and you’ll work with a local team. Learn more and register online at redcross.org/volunteer and complete the online application.

How you can help
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. Help people affected by disasters like this fire and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Carrie Carlson-Guest | American Red Cross
Regional Communications Officer, Minnesota Region
(o) 612.872.3240 | (c) 612.743.5555
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