For Immediate Release
Lisa LaSala | Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois
Craig Beintema | Public Information Officer (PIO) for Stephenson County
(815) 235-8274 (Media Line) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Flood Resource Center to Open in Freeport, IL on Friday
(ROCKFORD, IL) August 3, 2017 — The Red Cross in collaboration with Stephenson County will open a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Freeport, Illinois on Friday, August 4 to provide much-needed supplies and resources to affected residents.
The MARC is a one-stop recovery resource for affected residents located at Highland Community College on 2998 West Pearl City Road (Building H, Room 101 Cafeteria) in Freeport, IL and will be open on Friday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Experiencing a home flood can be an extremely stressful situation. We encourage people to come to the MARC for help establishing an individualized, long-term recovery plan with a trained case worker and to get free clean-up supplies specific to flood needs (bleach, mops, etc.). Resources will be available from 15+ government agencies and community/faith-based organizations, including but not limited to the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Rockford, The Church of Christ, Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Department on Aging, Illinois Department of Insurance, Illinois Department of Human Services, Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency (NICAA), the Salvation Army, Senior Resource Center, Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency, Stephenson County Health Department, Stephenson County Health Department and the YWCA, etc.
The Red Cross urges people to stay safe. Residents needing assistance can call the Red Cross flood hotline at 847-220-7495.
Buses to/from the MARC will be organized by the Senior Resource Center and will run on the following schedule. Last pick-up to go to the MARC is: Freeport @ 5:45pm and Pearl City @ 6:30pm.
Pearl City Pick-up location Freeport Pick-up location
American Legion Hall Taylor Park School
100 N. Main St. 806 E. Stephenson St.
Pearl City, IL 61062 Freeport, IL 61032
Pearl City → MARC → Taylor Park → MARC
9:30 am 10:00am 10:15am 10:30am
11:00am 11:30am 11:45am Noon
12:30pm 1:00pm 1:15pm 1:30pm
2:00pm 2:30pm 2:45pm 3:00pm
3:30pm 4:00pm 4:15pm 4:30pm
5:00pm 5:30pm 5:45pm* 6:00pm
Download the free Red Cross Flood App: The Red Cross Flood App provides people with real time flood alert warnings and steps deal with flooding before, during and after an event. Users can enter location information of loved ones across the country to monitor the flooding situation in any area.
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.
HOW TO HELP: The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide immediate disaster relief. Help people affected by Illinois tornadoes and severe storms by visiting redcross.org or calling 1- 800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.
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About the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois serves 700,000 people in 10 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside 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 www.redcross.org/Il/Rockford or visit us on Twitter @RedCrossNWIL.