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Red Cross Recovery Efforts in Southern Illinois

St. Louis Red Cross, Recovery Efforts in Southern Illinois, Disaster Damage Photo

Throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Red Cross continues to assist Illinois residents affected by last week’s tornadoes and severe storms.

So far in Southern Illinois, the Red Cross is working with about 60 families to provide help with longer-term recovery needs. Across the state, the Red Cross is assisting more than 1,000 families. Since the tornadoes tore through the state, the Red Cross has provided 55,000 meals and snacks to residents in the hardest-hit communities.

In Southern Illinois, those wishing to speak with a Red Cross caseworker about recovery help should call 1-800-272-2984.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Tuesday night that federal disaster aid has been made available to those affected by last week’s storms. Those interested in federal assistance should visit

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. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

The Red Cross is able to respond quickly when emergencies happen thanks to our generous donors. Locally, the American Red Cross is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.