Disaster Services

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The Greater Chicago Region responds to an average of three to four disasters a day, every day in the Chicagoland area including:
  • Residential Fires
  • Floods
  • Tornados
  • Earthquakes
  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Carbon Monoxide Leaks
  • Transportation Accidents
  • Hazardous Material Incidents
  • Community Emergencies

Client Services

Emergency needs are determined by a Disaster Action Team’s (DAT) on-scene damage assessment. Recovery kit(s) and/ or financial assistance to support the immediate emergency needs created by a disaster are provided.

During the first 48 hours after a disaster, the services we provide a family to assist them may include:

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Clothing, shoes, coat replacement
  • Toiletry items
  • Flood clean-up kits (bleach, mops, buckets etc.)
  • Medical replacement (Rx, glasses, dentures, etc.)
  • Mental Health support
  • Funeral expenses

All disaster assistance provided from the Red Cross is free of charge. The programs are available through the generosity of the American people. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago has no expectation of receiving reimbursement for services provided from the client or community.

For more information, call (312) 729-6100 or email the Disaster Services department at chicagoDS@redcross.org.