// UPDATE 2AM WEDS: More volunteers are needed for many cleanup and support efforts. The Mplstornado Resource Sheet has the latest on shelter, food, transportation, charity donations, food, clothes, other dropoffs, health care, internet & cell phone charging & pet support. The city Disaster Recovery Center is opening Wednesday at 9 am in the Fairview Recreation Center, 621 29th Ave. N. Volunteers are requested for Sisters Camelot, printing/distributing the Resource Sheet, Urban Homeworks & Salvation Army.//
North Minneapolis and parts of nearby suburbs were hit by tornado damage on Sunday, leaving at least one man dead and many wounded. The tornado was part of a huge weather system that also killed many people in Joplin, Missouri. The city is enforcing a curfew into Monday morning, for possibly as long as three days. The Red Cross of MN has opened the NE Armory as an emergency shelter at 1025 Broadway St NE near Central & Broadway. (see @redcrosstc). Families can also get help at Henry High, North High and Folwell, and several schools will be closed tomorrow. [School press release]
On Tuesday morning volunteers will get to work cleaning up from the tornado at 8AM at 1823 Emerson Ave N (MAP). Volunteers can contact Ryan Petersen at 612-701-2653 / email ryan.petersen AT urbanhomeworks.com. Also needed at 18th & Emerson according to NE Mpls Crime Watch: Chain saws, replacement chains, rakes, work gloves, etc. • Diapers of all sizes, adult and infant, and wet wipes• Bottled and Gallon Drinking Water• Tarps of all sizes• Sunscreen• Rubbermaid containers of all sizes• Coolers• Batteries• Personal care products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)• Feminine care products• Cleaning supplies (convenience items like lysol wipes, presoaped sponges, shop towels, etc.)• First-aid items• Bug spray• Trash bags and ziploc storage bags of all sizes• New unopened medicines such as Children's Tylenol/Advil, adult versions, etc.• Work gloves• Packing tape, duct tape, etc.
On internets the best place for updates is the North Minneapolis Post Tornado Watch page ( http://facebook.com/mplstornado ). Posted around midnight: "Contact in the curfew zone says the scene is surreal and movie-like...pitch darkness, helicopters hovering above and shining bright spotlights on to ground, police heavily patrolling too. Many residents are unaware of the curfew. They believe there are more injured people still trapped indoors"
Also Mpls Firefighters Local 22 has put out a call for volunteers for clearing debris or "whatever else". The Minneapolis / St. Paul emergency services radio online feed @ RadioReference.com has a lot of listeners right now.
[photo still from video by Black Nickill / mabmindz]
Below the fold: Videos from damaged streets of north Minneapolis including Webber Park, the wide tornado funnel and residents recovering after the disaster.