Just one of 40 fires in the past 10 days for the Red Cross in Minnesota and the Dakotas
Alongside community partners, more than a dozen American Red Cross disaster responders are working 24/7 to comfort and support the individuals and families recovering the July 8 apartment fire on the Northside of Minneapolis. This devastating fire impacted 23 units in the building.
“The Red Cross is providing refuge to those affected, including safe shelter, comfort kits with personal essentials, meals, as well as health services and emotional support,” said Kiki Setterlund, Red Cross Disaster Job Director. “In the coming days, our teams will meet with each individual family to help them with long-term recovery planning.”
By the numbers:
23 apartment homes impacted by fire
18 overnight stays in safe shelter
180 + meals and snacks served
72 comfort kits with personal essentials distributed
Resources for residents not staying at the shelter
Residents of the Plymouth Ave. Fire not staying at the shelter are still eligible for the same Red Cross services, support and assistance. To connect with these resources, the Red Cross encourages apartment residents to contact property management who will connect them with the Red Cross.
Over the next few days, Red Cross caseworkers, working with multiple community partners, including the City of Minneapolis Emergency Management, Minneapolis Public Health, Hennepin County Social Services, Minneapolis Fire, and Premier Housing Management, will continuing to connect with residents one-on-one to assess specific personal needs, help fulfill those needs, and work on their long-term recovery.
The Northside fire is just one of 40 fires, including at least four multi-unit fires, helping more than 180 people, Red Cross volunteers responded to across the Minnesota and Dakotas Region in ten days. This is twice the typical number of fires the Red Cross in our area is called to support.
The American Red Cross is looking for more disaster volunteers across our Minnesota and Dakotas Region. For more information about supporting our lifesaving work, visit redcross.org/mndaks.
To make a gift to the Red Cross, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767), text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or visit redcross.org/mndaks.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross Minnesota and Dakotas Region prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. By helping people learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens communities and readies them for all types of disasters, including home fires, tornadoes, winter storms and health emergencies. Our volunteers ensure that the Red Cross fulfills its mission in our region, which serves 7.2 million people in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. For more information, visit redcross.org/mndaks.