The American Red Cross sheltered hundreds of people yesterday who were displaced by flooding across the Chicago region.
The Red Cross opened seven shelters yesterday in Cook, DuPage, DeKalb and Lake Counties providing immediate relief for nearly 200 people affected by the storms. They were given a safe place to stay, food and emotional support. The relief effort continues today and shelters will remain open as needed through the weekend. The Red Cross also provided volunteers and supplies, including cots and blankets at several municipal shelters yesterday and this support is expected to continue throughout the weekend.
A list of open shelters can be found at www.redcross.org/nss. Available shelters can also be found by downloading the free Red Cross Tornado app which also allows users to monitor weather reports. The Tornado App, along with other free Red Cross apps, can be found in the Apple ITunes Store and the Google Play Store for Android phones.
Homeowners returning home today to begin clean up can find helpful tips through the Red Cross home repair guide at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.