Disaster Update: Red River Valley Flood Preparations

The American Red Cross Minn-Kota Region continues to make preparations for the upcoming flood response all across the Red River Valley. The Red Cross has a number of volunteers in place to perform mobile feeding as sandbag operations continue.

To Date, the Red Cross has provided over 3,000 meals and 16,000 snacks to support sandbagging efforts up and down the Red River Valley. A majority of those meals and snacks have gone to ‘Sandbag Central’ in Fargo. Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, April 24th), the Red Cross will be sending out Emergency Response Vehicles to support mobile feeding for sandbagging operations in Halstad, MN and Shelley, MN.

Starting on Thursday, April 25th, Four Emergency Response Vehicles from the Minn-kota Region and Two ERV’s from the South Dakota Region will be doing feeding all across Clay and Cass counties. The feeding will be performed by trained volunteers.

“We are prepared and ready to assist all communities throughout the Red River Valley as needs arise,” said Regional CEO, Judy Green. “Supplies, volunteers, and staff are on-call 24 hours a day.”

There will also has a team of mental health professionals on duty to assist those struggling with flood concerns and contingency plans are in place for sheltering should a need arise.

The Red Cross is also encouraging people to be prepared for any circumstances that could occur. The three keys are to remain calm, stay connected, and in control during these challenging times.

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