Volunteers with the American Red Cross are helping 10 families that were displaced by a fire at a 12-unit apartment building in Loves Park on October 14th. The Red Cross has provided a safe place to stay to 31 individuals, including 17 adults and 14 children. Our volunteers also assisted with health services and information about recovery services. In addition, the Red Cross is also providing assistance to an individual who was displaced by a home fire in New Milford with temporary housing and information about recovery services.
If you need assistance after a local house fire or disaster, please call our dispatch line: 1-877-597-0747. You can take two easy steps to protect your home and loved ones from a fire: Get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half. You can also find out more information about home fire safety by visiting, redcross.org/fire.
Hundreds of Volunteers Assisting Communities Devastated by Disasters in the U.S.
Meanwhile, about 1,400 Red Cross disaster workers, including 33 from the Illinois region, continue to work non-stop to help communities impacted by wildfires in the west and back to back hurricanes in the south. Our volunteers have been working tirelessly for months to provide food, shelter and comfort to thousands of people in need.
The Red Cross is also providing individual care contacts to help people with medical or disability needs, as well as providing emotional and spiritual support during these challenging times. This includes replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses or other medical equipment.
Red Cross in Urgent Need of Volunteers
The Red Cross is in urgent need of volunteers due to an extremely busy disaster season. Please visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to find out more about volunteer opportunities, including the most-needed positions:
You can also visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to find virtual volunteer opportunities.
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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 Twitter @RedCrossIL.