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Red Cross Assisting Families in So. IL After Sunday's Tornadoes

St. Louis Red Cross, Responding in Illinois Following Tornadoes, Emergency Response Vehicle, Serving Food
Dozens of regional Red Cross volunteers are on the ground, offering relief and recovery to those affected.

Several teams of Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in Brookport, following Sunday's tornadoes and severe storms.

As the relief effort continues, volunteers are helping affected residents begin to develop longer-term recovery plans. Next week, the Red Cross will be part of a Multi-Agency Relief Center, along with other local social service organizations. This will serve as one location for affected residents to obtain information and disaster related assistance.


  • Monday, November 25, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 26, 10:000 am to 6:00 pm
  • WHERE: Old 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.

    On Friday, several teams of Red Cross volunteers continue to comb the streets of the hardest-hit areas in Brookport, helping residents in need. Volunteers are serving meals throughout hard hit Brookport neighborhoods, at the Red Cross shelter at First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis, and at Mount Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1780 Mt. Sterling Rd., Brookport.

    Red Cross volunteers also handed out bulk relief supplies such as gloves, trash bags, and cleaning supplies. The Red Cross is working with local partners to coordinate additional distribution of these items.

    Since the tornadoes hit Sunday, the Red Cross has provided a safe, warm place to stay to dozens of Illinois residents, served thousands of hot meals and distributed more than 1,000 relief items.

    As residents return to their homes, the Red Cross reminds them to:

  • Take precautions while cleaning property: Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes and gloves when examining damage or cleaning/burning debris. If possible, wear a dust mask when cleaning or burning and rubber gloves when working with outhouse remnants, plumbing fixtures, and sewer piping. They can contain high levels of bacteria.
  • Take pictures of your home’s damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Watch pets closely: Keep pets close so they don’t get lost or injured by debris. Pets may become disoriented, particularly if the disaster has affected scent markers that normally allow them to find their home. Be aware of hazards at nose and paw or hoof level, particularly debris, spilled chemicals, fertilizers and other substances that might not seem to be dangerous to humans.
  • 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.