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Red Cross Illinois Tornado Update 11-20-13

Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and comfort across several Midwestern states for people affected by the weekend’s devastating tornadoes and severe weather.

  • Nearly 100 people stayed in 19 Red Cross shelters Tuesday night in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.
  • Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to provide food, shelter and relief supplies to all those whose lives were affected by these storms.
  • Red Cross emergency vehicles are traveling through the affected communities, distributing meals and relief supplies.
  • This has been a deadly and devastating storm, and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are available to help people cope with the aftermath. Health workers are also available to help people replace things like lost medications and eyeglasses.
  • As of Tuesday evening, the Red Cross has already served more than 14,000 meals and snacks and handed out nearly 1,000 relief items in Illinois alone. Today, the Red Cross is providing meals and snacks in Champaign, LaSalle, Tazewell and Woodford counties to affected families and first responders.
  • Red Cross workers are on the ground now providing relief and we’ll be on the ground for weeks to come helping people get back on their feet.

  • The Red Cross is coordinating closely with government and community partners to provide help and support recovery efforts.
  • In the days ahead, trained Red Cross caseworkers will be meeting one-on-one with people who need extra help with unmet emergency needs and creating recovery plans. Red Cross assistance for people whose homes were destroyed or suffered major damage could include support for housing, replacing household items and clothing, and food costs.
  • Volunteers are also helping to connect people with local community resources and social service programs, fill out paperwork for assistance or insurance claims, provide counseling or help to identify child care resources.
  • Our job is never over — even as we work with people to help them recover, our preparedness teams are investing in helping individuals, neighborhoods, businesses and organizations get better prepared for disasters so that they can be more resilient when the next disaster strikes.
  • Shelters are still open at the following locations:

  • Crossroads United Methodist Church – 1420 N. Main St in Washington
  • Evangelical United Methodist Church – 401 Walnut St in Washington
  • First United Methodist Church – 154 E. Washington St in East Peoria
  • Community Health & Rehab Building - 2304 County Road, 3000N in Gifford
  • At 1:00pm, the shelter at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin, IL will be closed.

    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.
  • Important 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.