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Red Cross Tornado Update 11-22-2013

• Five Red Cross shelters in Illinois and Indiana had more than 20 people on Thursday night.

The American Red Cross continues to provide food, relief supplies and comfort nearly a week after Illinois and several Midwestern states were hit by devastating tornadoes and severe weather.

Five Red Cross shelters in Illinois and Indiana had more than 20 people on Thursday night.

  • Locally, the shelter at Crossroads Church in Washington is still open.
  • Red Cross volunteers are providing food, shelter and relief supplies to all those whose lives were affected by these storms, and Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing meals and relief supplies.

  • 9 vehicles are in the communities of Washington, East Peoria, Pekin and Gifford today providing food to those affected.
  • 5 vehicles are distributing supplies to those cleaning up their homes.
  • Tomorrow, fixed sites of clean up supplies will be open. Emergency Aid stations will also be open at each of these locations with nurses, licensed mental health volunteers and first aid. Fixed sites will be located at: Walmart parking lot in Washington and Five Points in Washington
  • In East Peoria and Pekin, the Red Cross will distribute supplies on mobile routes from 9-11am and then from 1- 3pm. Emergency Aid Stations will be mobile in these areas to assist as needed.
  • In the days ahead, Red Cross workers will be joining with several partner agencies to set up multi-agency resource centers. In these centers, residents will be able to connect with a range of services offered by community organizations.

  • A multi-agency resource center will be open at 8am tomorrow at Five Points in Washington. Those affected will be able to meet with multiple organizations to get the assistance they need.
  • Red Cross disaster mental health workers are available to help people cope. Health workers are also available to help people replace things like lost medications and eyeglasses.

  • As of Thursday evening, more than 500 Red Cross workers in Illinois and Indiana have:
  • Served more than 32,000 meals and snacks
  • Handed out more than 1,600 relief items
  • Provided nearly 750 health and mental health services
  • Red Cross workers are providing relief now and we’ll be there 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.
  • Trained Red Cross caseworkers are 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.
  • 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.

    The Red Cross reminds affected residents to stay safe while they clean up their homes and neighborhoods. People should:

  • Wear appropriate clothing. Long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes and gloves when examining damage or cleaning up debris.
  • Watch pets closely. Be aware of hazards at nose and paw or hoof level, particularly debris, spilled chemicals, fertilizers and other substances that might not seem to be dangerous to humans.
  • Don’t use generators indoors. This includes inside a garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or other enclosed or partially-enclosed area, even with ventilation. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air right away - do not delay.
  • Download the free American Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to expert advice whenever and wherever you need it.