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Red Cross Helping Families Affected by Storm in Willowbrook & Forest Park

The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is providing food and shelter to approximately 130 residents who were impacted when high winds from yesterday’s storm tore the roof off two apartment complexes in Willowbrook and Forest Park. 

More than 20 Red Cross workers have been working overnight to provide immediate disaster relief for the displaced residents. A shelter is open at Benedictine University in Lisle for residents of the Hinsdale Lake Terrace complex in Willowbrook. A reception center is also open at the Forest Park Community Center. 

“Red Cross workers have been on the scene since late afternoon yesterday helping families with a place to sleep and food to eat, in addition to any health services or emotional support that they may need at this difficult time,” said Adam Runkle, Senior Disaster Program Manager, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “We are working with our government and community partners and will continue to help residents, as needed.” 


• VOLUNTEER: You can sign up to volunteer with the Red Cross. Volunteers on the scene are members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night. Go to to get started. 

• DONATE: You can help people affected disasters big or small by visiting or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Donations help the Red Cross prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters. 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP With the threat of more severe weather, people should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to

About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois: 

The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.