The American Red Cross continues to provide food, supplies, emotional support and health services in flooded communities in the Chicago region.
Clean-up Kits Distribution
The Red Cross is distributing thousands of cleaning supplies to families who sustained damage in their homes.
The clean-up kits are provided by the Red Cross at no charge and include supplies for both indoor and outdoor cleaning such as rakes, shovels, tarps, buckets, bleach, brooms, sponges, trash bags as well as personal safety items like rubber gloves.
The Red Cross is sending volunteers and trucks filled with cleaning supplies to neighborhoods in some of the hardest hit areas in the region to aid thousands of households recovering from the recent flooding.
Volunteers are also distributing thousands of cleaning items at parks, police departments and other municipal sites around the region. Call 312-729-6200 for a list of open distribution sites. Supplies are limited to first arrival.
A Home Repair Guide is also available on the Red Cross web site.
Feeding and Sheltering
Since the flooding began in mid-April, the Red Cross has provided more than 9,000 meals and snacks to residents displaced from their homes in 11 shelters. Two shelters remain open in Des Plaines and Lisle for residents who cannot safely return home. Volunteers are assisting these families with health and mental health support.
Volunteers Working Day and Night
Hundreds of volunteers are working around the clock to assist the Red Cross’ largest flood recovery operation in Illinois in more than 10 years.
Flood Safety Tips
People often want to know what do after traumatic and emotional events, and taking steps to prepare yourself and your family for future emergencies can help bring peace of mind. Actions such as downloading the Red Cross first aid app, registering for a first aid class or building a disaster supply kit can help you feel empowered to face future emergencies.
Over the past 10 years, the Red Cross has launched 127 large relief operations to help people affected by floods in 38 states. We’ve learned that floods can be especially long and costly relief operations as communities wait for floodwaters to recede before they can begin cleaning up their homes and neighborhoods.
To support our disaster efforts, please make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Red Cross was in these areas before the flooding began and we’re there now providing food, shelter, relief supplies and emotional support for people affected by floods. And we’ll continue to be there long after the rivers return to their banks to provide hope and comfort to those affected.
Visit our Flickr photostream for images of the relief efforts.