Red Cross shelter for tornado-displaced families moves to North Commons Rec Center

The temporary shelter set up for individuals and families who were displaced from their homes after the May 22 tornado is being moved Friday, May 27 to the North Commons Recreation Center 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 City of Minneapolis and the American Red Cross opened a jointly operated shelter immediately following the tornado at the Northeast Armory on Sunday night to provide temporary shelter for people displaced from their homes. Beginning today at 10 a.m., the shelter is moving to the North Commons Recreation Center at 1801 James Ave. N. in Minneapolis.

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. Red Cross workers will also be supporting additional feeding in the affected neighborhoods.

People at the shelter will have access to the computer lab, shower and locker room facilities at North Commons Recreation Center. The recreation center will be closed to the general public while being used as a temporary Red Cross shelter; however, outdoor amenities including playgrounds, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, and baseball and soccer fields will be available to both the general public and people staying overnight at the shelter.

The American Red Cross will operate the facility with the support of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis.

Individuals and families who were displaced from their homes after the tornado may call the Red Cross at (612) 871-7676 for details about the temporary shelter at North Commons Recreation Center which is served directly by bus route 14G, and routes 5M and 5F stop within a few blocks. For bus information, visit www.metrotransit.org or call (612) 373-3333.

To support Red Cross disaster relief, visit redcrossmn.org or call (612) 460-3700. Please note, the Red Cross cannot accept donations of goods. 

Existing, trained Red Cross volunteers are working to shelter, feed, and support residents affected by the storm. As of now, it’s unlikely the Red Cross will be requesting spontaneous volunteers for this disaster response.

Published May 27, 2011