Red Cross and Border States Electric Partnership Will Ensure Better Future Response In Western North Dakota

(L to R) Red Cross Regional CEO Judy Green, Border States Electric Northwest Region Vice President Jason Stein, Vickie Kreger of Triangle Electric, Red Cross Mid-Dakota Executive Director Allan McGeough, and Ward County Emergency Manager Amanda Schooling.

Last year, the American Red Cross helped 170 western North Dakota residents affected by house fires, wild fires, and severe storms. In addition, the Red Cross opened two shelters, serving 81,404 meals and assisting 3,744 individuals, during the flooding in both Minot and Bismarck in 2011. Now thanks to a new partnership with Border States Electric, H&H Electric, Triangle Electric, Industrial Electric Services, and Slop Electric, the Red Cross will be able to better serve those affected by these disasters in the area.

Due to terrain, industry, and a rise in population, western North Dakota is highly prone to disaster.

As we prepare for future response, the commitments from these partners ensure the Red Cross mission to respond during times of need is met. Thanks to this contribution, the Red Cross will be able to better aid the growing population in the region and have the necessary resources to provide services.

The $56,000 combined contribution from these partners will purchase the following items:

* One Vehicle

*Fully Loaded Trailer (cots, care kits, first aid supplies, etc.)

*Volunteer Recruitment

*Travel Costs for Disaster Relief

With these additional resources, the Red Cross now has the ability to better assist communities’ needs in the western part of North Dakota.