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More than 20 organizations joining forces to provide Resource Center offering help after tornados

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Joy Squier, Chief Communications Officer of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois | 312-907-0520 (24/7 Media Line) |   

More than 20 organizations joining forces to provide Resource Center offering help after tornados 

A one-stop resource center for disaster assistance will open on Tuesday, March 7.

CHICAGO, IL (March 6, 2017) - The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is partnering with more than 20 other local disaster assistance organizations to open a one-stop resource center for those affected by the tornados in Naplate and Ottawa, IL. See the list of organizations below.

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. Food and snacks will also be available at the MARC for residents and first responders.

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

During Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 5-11, 2017), we encourage residents to download the free Red Cross Emergency App, which provides people with instant access to emergency alerts and life-saving information. For more information on what to do before, during and after severe weather, people can go to


We are thankful to those who would like to donate items for people affected by disasters. Our priority is to ensure solutions to immediate needs of those affected by the severe weather. We are working in collaboration with emergency management agencies and community-based organizations to provide emergency relief for immediate needs like shelter, food, disaster health and mental health services. Right now, the best way to help is through a financial donation.


The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide immediate disaster relief. Help people affected by Illinois tornadoes and severe storms by visiting 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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  • Alliance of Therapy Dogs
  • North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG)
  • District 1-BK Lions
  • City of Ottawa
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • The Salvation Army
  • United Methodist Church of Ottawa
  • St. Vincent DePaul
  • United Way of East LaSalle County
  • Centrue Bank
  • Illinois Department of Insurance
  • Tzu Chi Foundation
  • State Department of Aging 
  • Illini Valley Association of Realtors 
  • Western Illinois Area of Aging
  • Hope Crisis Dogs
  • Walking the Road to Emmaus
  • Team Rubicon 
  • Illinois Division of Rehab Services
  • Mediacom
  • Illinois Department of Human Services – Family Community Resource Center
  • Starved Rock Country Community Foundation
  • Illinois Attorney General’s Office

About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:

The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties in Northern Illinois including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will 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 or visit us on Twitter at @ChicagoRedCross.