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Red Cross To Close Mpls Tornado Emergency Shelter

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Red Cross is closing the emergency shelter that opened for victims of the deadly tornado that struck north Minneapolis on May 22.

The shelter is scheduled to close Sunday. CEO Phil Hansen of the American Red Cross Minneapolis Region says all shelter residents will be moving to transitional or long-term housing before then.

The Red Cross has used the North Commons Recreation Center as an emergency shelter since May 27.

Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people affected by the tornado to determine their needs, identify resources and help develop recovery plans.

Since the tornado struck Minneapolis, the Red Cross has served more than 150,000 meals and snacks, hosted more than 1,300 overnight shelter stays, and provided disaster mental health services to more than 1,000 people.

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