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American Red Cross Shelters Nearly Three Dozen After Storms

Last night 30 people spent the night at the Red Cross shelter location....

June 23, 2015 -The American Red Cross opened two shelters in Northern Illinois to support people displaced by severe weather yesterday. Last night 30 people spent the night at the Red Cross shelter location at the United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle in Coal City, Illinois (Grundy County) and a handful stayed at the Red Cross shelter located within the Ellice Dinges Center, 202 South West in Sublette, Illinois (Lee County). The Red Cross has additional shelter locations on standby if needed.

The American Red Cross will continue to help those impacted by the severe weather and tornadoes that occurred June 22 throughout Northwest Illinois. Volunteers have been ready to help before the storms hit and are now actively on the ground providing hope and comfort to residents in need. Relief efforts will evolve as disaster induced needs become apparent. “Right now we want to make sure people get into safe shelter and their immediate needs like food, infant supplies and medications are met,“ Lisa LaSala Executive Director, American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois.

GIVE HELP After a disaster, financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most. If you would like to help those affected by disasters like the recent Illinois tornado outbreak, please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

SAFETY TIPS Useful resources for people affected by this disaster:

  • 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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