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Red Cross Part of Multi-Agency Resource Center in Brookport

St. Louis Red Cross, Part of Multi-Agency Resource Center, Cindy Erickson photo with volunteer
The governor noted the importance of the Red Cross being there, helping neighbors get back on their feet following this disaster.

As the relief and recovery efforts following last week’s tornadoes continue, Red Cross volunteers remain in Brookport, IL to help affected residents with longer-term recovery.

Also Monday, Regional Red Cross CEO Cindy Erickson toured the tornado damaged areas of Brookport and once again met with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for an update on the relief and recovery efforts in Southern Illinois.

The governor thanked the Red Cross and its volunteers for bringing critical relief to Brookport and other hard-hit communities in the state. In talking with Erickson, he noted the importance of the Red Cross being there, helping neighbors get back on their feet following this disaster.

The Red Cross is participating in a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at 306 Crockett, behind Brookport Elementary School. At a single location, residents can obtain an array of disaster related information and assistance from the Red Cross, as well as local and state agencies and other social service organizations. This location will be open:


  • (Today) Monday, November 25, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • (Tomorrow) Tuesday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:

  • Gym behind Brookport Elementary
  • 306 Crockett St.
  • Brookport, IL 62910
  • Residents should bring proof of address, such as a driver's license, utility bill, lease, etc. The Red Cross is providing meals at the relief center as well. Since the tornadoes hit, the Red Cross has provided about 5,500 meals and snacks in the area. The Red Cross opened a 24-hour shelter for about a week. To date, Red Cross volunteers have handed out more than 2,100 bulk relief supplies such as gloves, trash bags and cleaning supplies.

    Last Monday, Erickson also met with Governor Quinn and other elected and emergency officials in New Minden, IL, another hard-hit area. The governor noted the widespread Red Cross presence there as well, and what that support means to those communities.

    The Red Cross provides relief for food, clothing, housing, medical necessities and many other items to meet emergency needs. Please call 1-800-272-2984 as soon as possible to meet with a specially-trained disaster relief case worker.

    The Red Cross reminds residents to take care during the recovery:

  • Stay Warm and Safe: As the temperature remains cold, stay indoors when possible. When outside, wear warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, weather factors and the nature of the task. Remember that heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires. Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Know your plan: As you settle into your new home, be sure that smoke alarms are installed on every level, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. Also, if you are in a new community, know their tornado warning system and safe room where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. If you live in a mobile home, identify the nearest sturdy building or shelter.
  • Recovery Takes Time: As one week has passed, please remember to take time to care for yourself and loved ones. With so much to do, it may be difficult to have enough time to rest or get adequate sleep. Giving your body and mind a break can boost your ability to cope with stress you may be experiencing. If possible, download the Red Cross Tornado and First Aid mobile apps. The Tornado app can help provide you with tools for peace of mind in taking care of yourself and loved ones.
  • 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.