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Sep 02nd


The eye of the storm

Moving our community from crisis to stability
In a split second, on what began as a normal Sunday in Minneapolis, the harsh winds of change wrought the most shattering tornado to hit our community in some 30 years. In its wake is devastation projected to exceed $166 million as damage assessments continue to reveal ruined homes, compromised non-profit and government facilities, wrecked businesses, and destroyed infrastructures. 

Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison urge President to expedite disaster declaration for tornado and storm-damaged areas

Washington, D.C.  - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representative Keith Ellison sent a letter to President Obama urging him to quickly issue a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Anoka and Hennepin Counties that suffered severe tornado and storm damage last weekend.  A federal preliminary damage assessment found the storm caused over $16 million in damage to public infrastructure, as well as additional widespread damage to homes and businesses in the area.

President Obama proclaims June 2011 as African-American Music Appreciation Month

By the President of the United States

The music of our Nation has always spoken to the condition of our people and reflected the diversity of our Union. African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture by capturing the hardships and aspirations of a community and reminding us of our shared values. During African-American Music Appreciation Month, we honor the rich musical traditions of African-American musicians and their gifts to our country and our world.

More than 1,200 people served during first day of Disaster Recovery Center

More than 1,200 people have been helped at the Disaster Recovery Center located at the Farview Recreation Center, 621 29th Ave. N. in north Minneapolis. Organizers will evaluate the ongoing hours of the center based on the needs of the community in the first few days.

Disaster Recovery Center open over Memorial Holiday weekend

Located at Farview Recreation Center - 621 29th Ave. N.

Services provided include:
• Applications for Food Support
• Temporary family shelter
• General public assistance programs120
• Behavioral health services and counseling

The Disaster Recovery Center will be open: Saturday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.

Red Cross shelter for families displaced by tornado moves to North Commons Recreation Center

The temporary shelter set up for individuals and families who were displaced from their homes after the May 22 tornado is being moved to the North Commons Recreation Center at 1801 James Ave. N. in Minneapolis. The new shelter location is closer to the areas hardest-hit by the tornado, so families will be closer to home as they continue the recovery process following this devastating storm. The Red Cross will provide shelter residents with a safe place to sleep, food and beverages, health services, mental health services, resource referrals, and long-term recovery planning.

Call 311 to volunteer for North Minneapolis tornado cleanup

People interested in volunteering to help cleanup debris in North Minneapolis can call the city’s 311 hotline. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Operators will take down caller information and then get back to them about scheduling a day and time to help. The biggest need is for groups to volunteer together.

RBC WM donation to aid North Minneapolis tornado relief efforts

To help Minnesota’s tornado relief efforts, RBC Foundation – USA has made a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross to aid the victims of the storm that ripped through the northern metro area this past Sunday. If you are interested in making a personal donation, you may do so and follow the regular gift-matching procedure. This match will count against the annual maximum of four gift matches or $500. Please note that the Foundation can only match U.S.-based public charities and strongly encourages employees to donate to reputable organizations such as the American Red Cross, as scams are common when disasters of this nature occur.

North Side tornado tree debris pickup begins

Public Works and Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought to the boulevard beginning Wednesday, May 25 through June 10 for properties affected by the tornado in the city west of Interstate 94 and north of Highway 55 (Olson Memorial Highway). This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not construction and demolition debris, garbage or other materials.

Farmers Insurance Mobile Command Center provides aid to North Minneapolis residents

The specially-equipped Farmers Insurance Mobile Command Center (MCC) has arrived in Minneapolis and has begun providing assistance to customers and non-customers, alike, impacted by the catastrophic tornadoes that struck Minnesota.

“This latest severe weather outbreak has caused much damage to north Minneapolis and our hearts go out to all the families who have been so terribly affected by these tornadoes,” stated Locke Pierce, state executive director for Farmers in Minnesota.  “I want to reassure our customers that Farmers has the resources in place and we have already begun to provide help to our customers.  We are reaching out to all of our customers and making sure they are being taken care of.”

Farview Recreation Center to serve as Disaster Recovery Center

Victims of the storm damage will be encouraged to go to Farview Recreation Center to learn from various social service agencies about different programs to assist them with their recovery needs. On Tuesday, May 24 the site will be set up and is scheduled to open to the public on Wednesday from 9 am to 7pm. The site will remain open as long as services are needed. 

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Storm Response Update
As of 4 pm Monday, May 23
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