The American Red Cross is partnering with local non-profit organizations, public agencies and private sector organizations to open a resource center for those affected by recent flooding in southwestern Minnesota.

The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) will help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate assistance for their specific disaster-caused needs.

Services available include signing up for muck-out and debris removal, distribution of clean-up supplies, disaster resources for qualified residents, crisis counseling and informational resources.

A supervised children’s activity area will be provided free of charge by Children’s Disaster Services (all ages welcome).

The event is being held at the Veteran’s Memorial Center in Tracy from 1-7 p.m. Aug. 16-17. Residents of any of the surrounding counties who have unmet needs or are looking for resources to assist in damages from the recent flooding are encouraged to attend.

Individuals and families are required to bring identification showing address and proof of residence to be eligible for potential assistance from some agencies.

Individuals and community groups that are willing to support this effort are encouraged to register to become new volunteers to help with disaster responses.

Learn more and register online at redcross.org.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by the generosity of its volunteers and monetary donations and resources from individuals, corporations and partners.

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