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Red Cross Disaster Relief Continues for People Impacted By Tornadoes, Flooding in Minnesota

“We're grateful for the teamwork between response organizations."

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 

The Red Cross encourages residents to stay safe by following safety tips: 

  • If you are able to go home, look for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, cracks in the foundation or other damage before you enter your home.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • People living in communities threatened should keep informed about weather conditions and listen to the advice of local officials.
  • Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return to affected areas until officials say it is safe to do so. 
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. 
  • Turn around, don’t drown. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. 
  • If driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Keep children out of the water. 
  • Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.

    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 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, 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  Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross Minnesota Region. Follow us on Twitter:@mnredcross

    Media Contact:

    Carrie Carlson-Guest | American Red Cross

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