(Taopi, MN) — Severe weather caused damage this week in parts of Minnesota, putting a spotlight on the efforts of the American Red Cross. Spokesman Dave Schoeneck says this is what they gear up for. “One of our main functions is to respond to disasters. We respond to thousands of disasters across the country. We do about one every eight minutes.”
The Red Cross jumped into action after a tornado damaged parts of Mower County. “There are about 20 homes in the town of Taopi,” Schoeneck said. “We’re going to be doing some feeding, handing out some cleanup kits and then we’re going to start doing some case work with folks and determine what people need”
Schoeneck says most of the work they do on a regular basis does not involved wide-spread tragedy, but is no less significant to those involved. “Mostly house fires and apartment fires,” Schoeneck says. “We’re there with trained people, on the ground to make sure people have what they need.”
Schoeneck added the Red Cross is always in need of people to volunteer, donate blood and donate money. More information on hot to get involved can be found at redcross.org.