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Red Cross Joins Partners to Open Resource Center for Tornado Relief

Since the tornadoes hit April 9, the Red Cross provided meals and snacks in the affected communities

Two locations in Ogle and DeKalb Counties for residents to obtain disaster-related services

ROCKFORD, IL (April 14, 2015)—The American Red Cross is partnering with Ogle and DeKalb Emergency Management Agencies, State of Illinois, and other local disaster assistance organizations to open two Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in Rochelle and Kirkland for residents of both communities affected by the tornadoes.

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

These locations will be open:


  • Wednesday, April 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Ogle County Location

  • Beacon on the Green Banquet Center
  • 531 S. 7th Street
  • Rochelle, IL 61068
  • DeKalb County Location

  • First Lutheran Church
  • 510 W. South Street
  • Kirkland, IL 60146
  • Assistance may include providing the means to pay for groceries, new clothing, rent, emergency home repairs, transportation, household items, prescriptions and medications, and tools.

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

    Since the tornadoes hit April 9, the Red Cross provided meals and snacks in the affected communities. The Red Cross opened a 24-hour shelter for two nights, and operated two emergency aid stations at Rochelle High School and the Kirkland Fire Department. Volunteers are driving trucks through neighborhoods and handing out relief supplies such as gloves, trash bags and cleaning supplies. Mental health workers also continue to provide emotional support to comfort people coping with loss.


    For more information on Red Cross services in Ogle and DeKalb Counties call 815-963-8471–Option #1.

    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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