American Red Cross volunteers responded to 18 home fires in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Oakbrook Terrace, Lansing, Wauconda, Joliet, Pembroke Township, Elgin, Oak Park, Schaumburg, and Cicero in the past week and provided assistance to 127 people, including 23 children, by supplying them with items to meet immediate needs after a fire, and additional support in the form of health and mental health services and one-on-one support.
Visit redcross.org/fire for information on setting up your home fire escape drill and to learn more about home fire safety. Download our free Emergency app by searching for “American Red Cross” in app stores or visiting redcross.org/apps.
Please call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) if you or someone you know needs assistance after a home fire or local disaster.
Disaster Action Team Volunteers Needed
On the frontlines of the climate crisis, the American Red Cross is supporting communities and families who are struggling to cope with more frequent and intense disasters across the state and country. In 2021 alone, more than 40% of Americans lived in a county struck by a climate disaster and for many, the losses have been devastating. Most recently, Red Cross volunteers have assisted hundreds of people affected by flooding, tornadoes, and severe weather all the while responding to single family and multi-family home fires.
Communities across the state count on the Red Cross to be there and volunteers are needed to help families devastated by disasters. Ninety percent of our workforce are volunteers, inspired to give back. Join us and help turn tragedy into hope. Visit RedCross.org/Volunteer.
About the American Red Cross of Illinois
The American Red Cross of Illinois serves 12.4 million people in 88 counties in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri including Adams, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cook, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, De Witt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Green, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jasper, Jefferson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Richland, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermillion, Warren, Washington, Whiteside, Will, Williamson Winnebago, Woodford. Iowa: Lee, Muscatine, Scott and Van Buren. Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion and Ralls. 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 Redcross.org/Illinois or visit us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RedCrossIL.