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Red Cross & Partners Open Tornado Relief Resource Center

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Three-day resource center now open Friday through Sunday in Coal City at Berst Center, 180 S. Kankakee Street

Three-day resource center now open Friday through Sunday in Coal City at Berst Center, 180 S. Kankakee Street

ROMEOVILLE, IL (June 26, 2015)—The American Red Cross is partnering with Grundy County, Village of Coal City, and other local disaster assistance organizations for Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Coal City that is open today through weekend for residents affected by the recent tornadoes.

Representatives from state and local government, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations are available at the one-stop-shop to assist disaster victims. Individuals or families can meet with Red Cross caseworkers and members of other organizations to determine long-term recovery needs.

Residents should bring some form of identification showing their address in the affected areas. There is no charge for any disaster assistance.


  • Friday, June 26th [Noon – 7pm]
  • Saturday, June 27th [8am – 6pm]
  • Sunday, June 28th [8am – Noon]

  • Berst Center
  • 180 South Kankakee Street
  • Coal City, IL
  • Partner resources available at the MARC will include service agencies such as We Care Grundy County, Catholic Charities, The United Way, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, along with other state and local partners and government agencies, and many more.

    Since the tornadoes hit June 22, the Red Cross has provided more than 2,000 meals and 500 snacks to residents and emergency workers in the affected communities. The Red Cross opened two 24-hour shelters and has had more than 40 overnight stays to-date. Mental health workers continue to provide health services and emotional support to comfort people coping with loss, especially those experiencing hardship since the November 2013 tornado in Coal City. Volunteers will also be driving trucks through neighborhoods and handing out relief supplies such as gloves, trash bags and cleaning supplies in the coming days.


    Those in need of assistance should call our help line at (312) 729-6250 or visit

    Useful resources

  • What to do after a tornado
  • Tornado Safety Checklist

    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.

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