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Resource Center Opens Offering Help - Shelter Closing

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Joy Squier, Chief Communications Officer of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois

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 Resource Center Opens Offering Help from Local Disaster Assistance Organizations. Shelter Closing.

A one-stop-resource center for disaster assistance will open on Tuesday.

CHICAGO, IL (March 4, 2017) - The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is partnering with other local disaster assistance organizations to open a “one-stop resource center” for those affected by the tornados in Naplate and Ottawa, IL. In the meantime, the shelter at Ottawa High School will be closing at 5:00 P.M. at Sunday, March 5.

The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) and will be open on Tuesday from 1:00-7 P.M. and on Wednesday from 8:00-5 P.M. located at a former Walmart building at 2901 Columbus Street, Ottawa, IL 61350.

Caseworkers will be available at the MARC to help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate assistance for their specific disaster-caused needs, such as cleanup, assistance for food, lodging, medicine replacements and other items or services. Representatives from government, nonprofit and faith-based disaster relief organizations will also be on hand at the MARC to assist disaster survivors.

“The Red Cross is proud to join local partners to help those affected by the tornadoes and severe storms in Northern Illinois to navigate the road to recovery,” said Ken Cozzi, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley. “We have seen how resilient these communities are. The Red Cross will be there until we’re no longer needed.”

Several organizations will be present at the MARC offering support to those impacted by the tornados.

For immediate disaster assistance, call 815-617-9733 to reach the Red Cross hotline set-up for those affected by the tornado.

Download the free Red Cross Emergency App: The Red Cross Emergency App provides people with instant access to emergency alerts and life-saving information. Available for smart phones and tablets, it includes content on what to do before, during and after a variety of severe weather events. Users can customize more than 35 emergency weather alerts based on their location and where loved ones live. The app is available in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to

Other features include:

  • “Make a Plan” helps families figure out what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes;
  •  Preloaded emergency preparedness content is available in English And Spanish and can be accessed without mobile connectivity;
  • “Family Safe” allows people to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster; and
  • A real-time map with open Red Cross shelter locations and weather information.
  • For more information on what to do before, during and after severe weather, people can go to


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