Following Monday's tornadoes and flooding in parts of central and northern Minnesota, the American Red Cross has been on the ground in affected communities helping people in impacted these disasters. Support has included providing water and snacks to people cleaning up, conducting damage assessment for relief effort planning, and connecting one-on-one with affected families who need shelter, health or other immediate disaster relief. In addition, Red Cross relief workers have been in constant contact with local government and non-profit partners, including the Salvation Army, that respond to disasters in Minnesota.
“We're grateful for the teamwork between response organizations," says Phil Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive of the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. "These partnerships make it possible for relief to reach people in need without delay after a traumatic, often life-changing weather event."
Red Cross volunteers are helping people in Meeker, Carlton, Pine, Mille Lacs, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Beltrami and Aitkin counties. People who need assistance should contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcross.org/mn.
The Red Cross encourages residents to stay safe by following safety tips:
How you can help
The Red Cross and the communities it serves rely on local volunteers to provide humanitarian relief during times of disaster. You can become a Red Cross volunteer in your community when disaster strikes. To learn more, visit redcross.org/mn. The Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters every year. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support 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. Click redcross.org/mn, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Minnesota Region, 1201 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55454.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides about forty percent of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The Minnesota Region serves 5.2 million people across Minnesota and part of western Wisconsin with offices in Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Cloud. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mn. Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross Minnesota Region. Follow us on Twitter:@mnredcross
Carrie Carlson-Guest | American Red Cross
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