Long Term Recovery Committee Working to Move Northlanders Forward

By KBJR News 1

August 9, 2012 Updated Aug 9, 2012 at 7:18 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A committee has been established to oversee the use of these donated funds and they met for the first time in Duluth today.

This group is comprised of United Way members, faith–based and social service organizations, and government agencies.

Their mission is to strengthen area–wide disaster coordination, through sharing information, and simplifying individual access to funding.

The committee is also working to increase the Twin Ports Region Long Term Flood Relief Fund, every dollar of which is being designated for flood victims throughout the region.

"After those other resources have been exhausted, and we've tapped into all those things that are out there, there might still be a gap that that family, or individuals face; and that's what the fund is for. This Long Term Recovery Committee will help make those decisions," said Paula Reed, President of United Way of Greater Duluth.

So far, $283,000 has been donated to the Flood Relief Fund.

Another Long Term Recovery Committee meeting will be held tonight, at seven in the Ordean Building, in Duluth, and is open to the public.