The American Red Cross is on the ground in Northern Illinois, ready to help after two tornados touched down in LaSalle County and a tornado touched down in Ogle County.
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is partnering with other local disaster assistance organizations to open a “one-stop resource center” for those affected by the tornados in Naplate and Ottawa, IL. This Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) and will be open on Tuesday from 1:00-7 P.M. and on Wednesday from 8:00-5 P.M. located at a former Walmart building at 2901 Columbus Street, Ottawa, IL 61350. Caseworkers will be available at the MARC to help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate assistance for their specific disaster-caused needs, such as cleanup, assistance for food, lodging, medicine replacements and other items or services. Representatives from government, nonprofit and faith-based disaster relief organizations will also be on hand at the MARC to assist disaster survivors. The shelter at Ottawa High School will be closing at 5:00 P.M. at Sunday, March 5. The Red Cross is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with local emergency management personnel. The Red Cross urges residents to take steps to stay safe. Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department. More information on the response will be available on Twitter @RedCrossILRiver or Facebook American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley For immediate disaster assistance, call 815-617-9733 to reach the Red Cross hotline set-up for those affected by the tornado.