American Red Cross – Minnesota and Dakotas Region
American Red Cross volunteers have opened a shelter at Crookston Sports Center – 801 Fisher Avenue Crookston, Minnesota 56716 following flooding on the Red Lake River, which may experience a historic flood crest in the coming days. In coordination with the Polk County Public Health Department, the Red Cross will assist those whose homes may have been affected by flooding.
The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest nearly 29 feet between Monday and Tuesday. The highest crest of the Red Lake River at Crookston occurred in 1997 when it reached 28.4 feet.
After the floods, the Red Cross connects with those affected and provides emergency assistance, such as a safe place to stay, food, relief items like toiletries, health and health services mental illness, and one-on-one support to connect people to available recovery assistance. .
“Our hearts go out to our neighbors who have been affected by this flooding,” said Kevin Mehrer, executive director of the Red Cross branch serving eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
Because these disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, please help stay safe by following these tips:
- SStay off roads and away from flood waters. If you must drive, avoid flooded roads. If power lines are down, do not walk in puddles or standing water.
- Follow evacuation orders and don’t go home until the authorities say it’s safe.
- Be careful when cleaning your house and wear protective clothing, including gloves and rubber boots. Throw away items that absorb water and cannot be sanitized, and throw away all food, drink and medicine.
- Download the free Red Cross emergency app for weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and safety tips.
Learn more, stay safe
People can also download the free Red Cross emergency app for safety tips, severe weather alerts and a home fire quiz. For kids, the Monster Guard app is a fun, interactive game that teaches home safety and fire prevention. Download the apps by searching for “American Red Cross” in your mobile app store or by going to redcross.org/apps.
To be involved
Help the American Red Cross carry out its rescue mission across the country. To support our rescue work, please consider volunteering or donating by visiting redcross.org/mndakscalling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give a $10 gift.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in emergencies by harnessing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. It shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to disaster victims; provides about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches life-saving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports service members and their families. The Red Cross is not a government agency, but rather a non-profit humanitarian organization.
The Minnesota and Dakotas Region of the Red Cross serves 7.3 million people in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and Douglas County (Upper) in Wisconsin. The American Red Cross is part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian disaster relief network around the world. This network includes the societies of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The network is united by a common commitment to sevenFundamental principlesincluding humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntariness, unity and universality. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mndaks.