American Red Cross volunteers, on the ground since severe windstorms struck the Brainerd Lakes, Minn., area earlier this week, continue to help their neighbors in need.
More than 20 Red Cross relief workers are coordinating with local and regional partners to provide for families immediate needs such as water, ice and clean-up supplies. Two Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are canvassing the hardest hit areas bringing aid to those still without power and cut-off from other resources by downed power lines and trees.
The Red Cross is distributing thousands bottles of water and hundreds of pounds of ice to residents working in hot and humid conditions as they pick up the pieces and get back to normal. The American Red Cross and partner agency resources are available at the relief center at Timberwood Church on 23084 Highway 371, in Nisswa from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“During this emergency response phase, our focus is on providing the essentials for people in need,” says Dan Williams, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota. “Next steps will include conducting damage assessment once officials declare areas safe for return.”
In addition, the Red Cross recommends following these safety tips:
Power Outage Safety
Throw Out Unsafe Food after a Blackout
Cleaning Up After a Thunderstorm or Tornado
By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit redcross.org/mn.
How You Can Help
The Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters every year. You can help people affected by disasters 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 serving Northern Minnesota, 2524 Maple Grove Rd., Duluth, MN 55811.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half 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 American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota serves more than 570,000 people in Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Roseau, St. Louis and Wadena counties in Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mn. Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota.