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Forum staff reports, Published March 16 2010

American Red Cross beefs up flood efforts

National Red Cross volunteers and material resources have been called to action and are en route to support local flood efforts.

In partnership with the Salvation Army, mobile feeding within area neighborhoods will begin today, triggering the call to national headquarters for additional support. Local volunteers and staff will provide mobile feeding until national team members arrive. The Red Cross volunteers will also continue to provide meals, snacks and water at sandbagging operations as they have done since March 1.

The Red Cross has also activated its disaster mental health team. These volunteer teams will be on hand to let families know what to expect physically and emotionally in the days ahead.

Contact the local American Red Cross at 701.364.1800 or www.minn

kotaredcross.org or go to www.RedCross.org to learn more about flood preparedness.

Mass Care feeding numbers since March 1: