CANNON FALLS, Minn. — On Sept. 20, 2018 an extensive line of storms, including tornadoes, ravaged several communities in Southeast Minnesota. An organized response was led by the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to help citizens who needed food, shelter and other health-based support for people impacted by the storm. To help these organizations defray expenses incurred by the multiple county response, Mayo Clinic Health System is donating a total of $8,000 to these organizations before the end of the year.
“We greatly value the many partners who work with us to enhance the health and wellness of residents in the communities in which we are located,” says Annie Sadosty, M.D., Regional Vice President of Mayo Clinic Health System in Southeast Minnesota. “As this year comes to a close, we are pleased to provide additional support to a number of worthy projects and organizations.”
The Red Cross response was initiated immediately following the storm path and ramped up through the next several days. Primary activities included compiling and verifying damage assessment (working closely with each county’s Emergency Manager), providing casework (financial assistance) and health/mental health support, and distribution of bulk supplies, water, and snacks throughout the affected communities. The Salvation Army provided support to the City of Cannon Falls on its official clean-up day by bringing in a canteen to feed the volunteers. Both organizations provided ongoing support to communities in need.
“We are grateful for the work of both American Red Cross – Southeast Minnesota and The Salvation Army – Northern Division for providing the extra support to the communities impacted by the storms,” says Dr. Sadosty.
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