Floods are the most frequent and costliest natural disasters in the United States in terms of human hardship and economic loss. Often the full extent of flood damage is not immediately known. High water levels mask damage to infrastructure and force residents from their homes for days, sometimes weeks, at a time. The American Red Cross has been delivering food, water and snacks to volunteers at sandbag operations.
Beginning in early April, the American Red Cross has been providing meals, snacks, and prepared shelters across North Dakota and Western Minnesota in response to flooding in the Red River Valley. Disaster volunteers have been trained in mass care feeding, sheltering, damage assessment, and client casework.
Mobile feeding was the biggest and most important ask the Red Cross provided during the 2013 flood figh in the Red River Valley. Five emergency response vehicles were sent out to feed volunteers, city officials, and national guard members in the area.
Over 30,000 meals and snacks were distributed during the flood preparations.
“You’re out here for up to 12 hours and to have somebody bringing you a sandwich and something to drink is just kind of special,” said Sgt Shannon Welsh of the ND National Guard. “On cold mornings to have someone come through with a hot cup of coffee and a smile is always a plus.”