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Red Cross Continues to Help Illinois Tornado Recovery Efforts

The Red Cross will also be at emergency aid stations at the Kirkland Fire Department and Rochelle High School from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. to provide clean up items, food & emotional support to disaster victims.

CHICAGO, IL - (APRIL 12, 2015) – The American Red Cross continues to help with recovery efforts from tornadoes in Kirkland and Rochelle. Volunteers are in neighborhoods in Kirkland and Rochelle with supplies to help disaster victims clean up their homes as well as food and water for the community and first responders. The Red Cross will also be at emergency aid stations at the Kirkland Fire Department and Rochelle High School from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. to provide clean up items, food & emotional support to disaster victims.

The Red Cross will continue in the days and weeks ahead to help those impacted by the severe weather and tornadoes that occurred on Thursday, April 9 throughout Northwest Illinois. Volunteers have been ready to help before the storms hit and continue to help in DeKalb and Ogle Counties.

Over the weekend, the Red Cross responded to three fires in Chicago and helped 21 people with food and shelter after they were displaced by home fires. Home fires are the most common disaster the Red Cross responds to, doing so several times a day in Chicagoland, and this daily work continues even in the wake of disasters like the Illinois tornadoes.

GET HELP If you need help, call 1-800 RED CROSS

Useful resources for people affected by this disaster:

  • What to do after a tornado http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado
  • Tornado safety checklist http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340177_Tornado.pdf
  • GIVE HELP Get prepared now. Download 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.

    Make a financial donation. After a disaster, financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most. Your support helps the Red Cross be there every day for disasters big and small. Make your donations today by calling 1 800 REDCROSS, by visiting www.redcross.org/donate or texting REDCROSS to 90999.

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