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Red Cross Tornado Update 11/19/2013

American Red Cross
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.

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.

  • More than 100 people stayed in 25 Red Cross shelters Monday night in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
  • 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.
  • More workers, supplies and equipment stand are being mobilized in case they are needed.
  • Red Cross workers on the ground now providing relief and we’ll be on the ground for weeks to come helping people get back on their feet.

  • 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.
  • In the days ahead, Red Cross workers will work with families to make individual recovery plans, fill out paperwork, and connect them to other services to support recovery efforts.
  • The Red Cross is coordinating closely with government and community partners to provide help and support long term recovery efforts.
  • Locally, the American Red Cross has mobilized operations to assisted hard hit areas in Champaign, LaSalle, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Shelters are currently open in 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
  • Avanti's Dome – 3105 Griffin Avenue in Pekin
  • Community Health & Rehab Building - 2304 County Road, 3000N in Gifford
  • Red Cross emergency response vehicles are on feeding routes, in Champaign, LaSalle, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Almost 7,000 meals and snacks have been fed to affected families and first responders.

    Disaster assessment teams, Red Cross nurses and mental health workers are in the affected areas surveying the damage and providing health contacts and emotional support to families.

    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 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.

    The American Red Cross stands ready to assist with any blood needs that arise as a result of this weekend’s storms.

  • While there is enough blood on the shelves right now to meet patient needs, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds and having a steady supply of blood and platelets is vital to our nation’s healthcare system.
  • All eligible blood and platelet donors can schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead to help ensure blood is readily available. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit
  • With many people scheduling appointments to give blood, may run slower and wait times on 1-800-RED CROSS may be longer than usual.
  • Those with type O negative blood are encouraged to give blood when they are able.

  • Type O negative blood is often used during emergencies, when there is no time to determine the patient’s blood type. A situation like this highlights the importance of already having enough type O negative blood on hand at a moment’s notice.
  • That’s why it’s especially important that people with type O blood donate as frequently as they can.