The emergency shelter at the fairgrounds in Sioux Falls closed on Monday, September 16. It opened after three EF-2 tornadoes hit the city early on Wednesday, September 11.
Red Cross volunteers had cots, blankets, snacks and beverages available at the shelter. Due to the risk of flooding in the rea, the shelter stayed open through the weekend.
The Red Cross is also providing coffee, water and clean-up kits at the city's debris drop-off sites. Click here to find a location and for more information about debris removal and clean-up.
Residents in Sioux Falls are encouraged to self-report damage to the Helpline Center by calling 211. Information collected will help the city develop a comprehensive disaster assessment. If you are in need of Red Cross assistance, call our 24-hour disaster assistance hotline at 1-844-29CROSS (1-844-292-7677).
The National Weather Service confirms three EF-2 tornadoes touched down in Sioux Falls. They say damage was also caused by straight-line winds of 100 MPH or more.
Thank you to our Partners
When disaster strikes, no one organization can do it all. The American Red Cross would like to thank the emergency response partners in the city and county, as well as corporate partners and businesses who are generously offering support.
A special thanks to: Hy-Vee, Outback Steakhouse, Subway, Walmart, Target, Scheels, Home Depot, Papa John's, Wendy's, Lewis Drug, Flyboy Donuts and Steve's Bar. Many additional local businesses have offered donations of food, bottled water and other resources. We can't thank you enough for your support!
Safety After a Storm
Prepare for Emergencies
September is National Preparedness Month and emergencies are more common than people may think. Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime. By having an emergency plan and kit, families can react quickly when a disaster strikes. The Red Cross encourages everyone to take three important action steps to get prepared.
Download the Red Cross Emergency App
The Red Cross urges people to sign up for city and county emergency alert systems. You can also download the Red Cross Emergency App to receive weather alerts where you live. The app monitors 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts to keep you and your loved ones safe.