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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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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Pillsbury United Communities rallies after devastating tornado rips through North Minneapolis

On Sunday, May 22, 2011, an EF1 tornado (winds up to 125 mph) ripped through the streets of north Minneapolis, damaging homes and businesses. Many of our neighbors were directly impacted by the storm, as was Pillsbury United Communities (PUC). I am writing to you with an update on the impact of the storm and a request for support.

First and foremost, the families in north Minneapolis have been devastated. Throughout Monday, our Oak Park Neighborhood Center--located at 1701 Oak Park Ave N on the North Side--had a steady stream of people coming in to use electricity to plug in cell phones, laptops, and other electronics. Furthermore, we have been inundated with phone calls from individuals and businesses looking for resources and referrals. We have responded to this crisis as we always have with time, energy, resources, ingenuity, and community support.
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Disaster Recovery Center opens Wednesday to serve residents affected by tornado

A Disaster Recovery Center is opening in north Minneapolis Wednesday, May 25 to provide services and resources to residents affected by Sunday’s tornado. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Farview Recreation Center at 621 29th Ave. N. Organizers will evaluate the ongoing hours of the center based on the needs of the community in the first few days.

The City of Minneapolis and many partners are continuing their efforts to get folks back in their homes, ensure their safety and provide the assistance and resources they need to make it through this difficult time.
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Congresswoman McCollum offers support to Minnesotans affected by the recent tornado and severe weather

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) reached out to the Minnesotans who were recently affected by the recent series of severe thunderstorms and a tornado.  Her St. Paul office is available to anyone in need of assistance.

“My thoughts and prayers are with residents of Minneapolis and neighboring communities who have been impacted by Sunday’s deadly tornado and severe thunderstorms.  When families experience tragedy, all Minnesotans come together to help.  Congressman Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and other Minneapolis officials are working hard to assist residents.  My office stands ready to help as needed.  Working together, we will help neighborhoods recover and rebuild.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees.

Minneapolis Urban League a partner in Tornado Damage Relief efforts

The Minneapolis Urban League is partnering with local emergency response organizations to assist in providing direction and support to victims of the tornado that ripped through North Minneapolis on Sunday.  Many of the staff, families, and constituents of the MUL have been affected by this devastating storm. 

The MUL’s Glover-Sudduth Building on the north side (612-302-3100) and our Sharon Sayles-Belton Community Services Building on the south side (612-827-5673) are open and available to take inquiries. The Urban League Academy Elementary and High Schools are closed while city officials and utility companies are determining the safety of the area. 
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Project Connect: Tornado Assistance Center will be open for tornado victims May 24--NEW BUS STOP ADDED

Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis are offering a one-day Project Connect: Tornado Assistance Center for county families affected by Sunday's storms.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
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