The Dakotas Region of the American Red Cross has served nearly 52,000 meals/snacks and provided over 500 comfort kits in Eastern South Dakota as the area sustained damage from a tornado in Jerauld County that destroyed nearly 30 homes, with several others impacted.
Flooding has also affected many homes as well due to record-setting rain in the month of June. The Red Cross has provided lodging for several families and distributed over 200 clean-up kits to assist with those relief efforts as well.
The Red Cross has also provided assistance to national guard members and other responders that are helping clear debris and clean-up the communities.
"You should be very proud of the work your people are doing in Wessington Springs," said Regan Smith, Sioux Falls Emergency Manager. "You definitely have made good on your promises of “new and improved” Red Cross operations and relations in South Dakota."
The Red Cross also opened up a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for families that were affected by the tornado in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. Volunteers helped create community recovery plans and trained caseworkers provided personal support to individuals.
Recovering from a disaster can be a confusing, emotionally draining and complicated process. The MARC is a place where disaster relief agencies, both public and private, come together under one roof to provide assistance-a “One Stop Shop” where victims of disasters receive help.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard also stopped at the Red Cross operations center in Wessington Springs to learn more about the services the Red Cross provides and thank volunteers.
"We have received tremendous support from local and state officials throughout this disaster response," said Red Cross Dakotas Region CEO, Judy Green. "We are glad to support all those affected by disaster in this region and will be there to assist again if we are ever needed."
Red Cross caseworkers will continue to work closely the communities impacted and provide additional services during the recovery process.