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Red Cross Provides Help after Illinois Tornadoes


The American Red Cross is helping people in the Midwest after Thursday’s devastating tornadoes.

Hardest hit was Illinois where multiple twisters ripped through several counties, destroying homes and businesses. Red Cross workers responded immediately, opening a shelter in Rochelle to help residents affected by the severe weather. An Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) was dispatched to DeKalb County to bring food to a shelter in the Kirkland area. The Red Cross is working with state and local officials to ensure assistance is available to those who need it.For updates on the Red Cross response in Illinois, visit

As the storms moved across the region, Red Cross workers were monitoring the situation in Texas, Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. The storms damaged some Texas and Arkansas homes and the Red Cross is working with those affected.

SAFETY INFORMATION The Red Cross reminds affected residents to return to their neighborhood only when officials say it is safe to do so. They should also:

  • Stay out of damaged buildings. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy shoes.
  • Avoid fallen power lines or broken gas lines - immediately report them to the utility companies.
  • If someone smells gas or hears a hissing noise, they should open a window, get everyone out of the building immediately and call the gas company or fire department.
  • Use flashlights, not candles when examining buildings.
  • More tornado safety information is available in the “Types of Emergency” pages of this web site.

    TORNADO APP Severe weather could impact millions of people as the storms move east. Thunderstorms, heavy rain and damaging winds are possible. People can download the Red Cross Tornado App which features a siren warning, help finding an open shelter and step-by-step instructions on what to do. Information is available even if there is no mobile connectivity. The Tornado App and other Red Cross Apps can be found in your app store by searching for American Red Cross. You can also learn more about tornado safety by viewing this myths and facts slide show.

    HOW TO HELP People affected by severe weather and other disasters need help now. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. You can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

    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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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