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How to Help – Sandbag Volunteers Needed, Donations Set Up

How to Help – Sandbag Volunteers Needed, Donations Set Up

Koochiching County Emergency Operations Center

KOOCHICHING, COUNTY, DULUTH, COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~  June 3, 2022  (LSNews)   The Koochiching County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is grateful for the outpouring of support in response to the current flood incident. Many offers of equipment, supplies and financial donations are arising with people asking how to donate. A Donations Manager has now been put in place to coordinate these offerings, determine needs through the EOC and how to store and stage items.

“Public safety officials have a variety of equipment such as boats, vehicles and personal protective gear available to us, but what is really needed at this time is volunteers for sandbagging at the main operations site at Kerry Park,” said Sheriff Perryn Hedlund. “We are incredibly grateful for people’s generous offerings, but with that comes the challenge of where to store and stage larger equipment without congesting the limited space of our response sites and staging areas.

“The demand for sandbags to help out citizens is the priority at this time. While we are producing an incredible number of bags each day, it’s not enough and people are having to wait longer than they’d like. When your home and property is at risk, people are understandably stressed and having to wait any amount of time adds to that stress and with water rising time is of the essence. Many of our volunteers have been at this round-the-clock for days and even weeks. They can only do so much and need a break. Person-power to rotate these spots and keep the momentum going is what is critically needed.”

As these nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations are already set up to receive financial donations that can be directed to the local incident response and have been a critical part of the on-the-ground incident response to-date, anyone who wishes to make a financial donation to the Koochiching County

Flood Response, can do so through:

American Red Cross of Northern Minnesota
Online at: www.redcross.org/donate

By phone at: 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) 

International Falls Salvation Army
Online at: www.centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northern/InternationalFalls/
By phone at: 218-283-3394

Those who wish to donate other items to the local flood response can contact the Red Cross Flood Information Hotline at 218-283-6755. Please leave a detailed message with your name and contact number and the Donations Manager will call you back.         

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