Volunteers with the Disaster Action Team responded to five home fires from October 12 until today including in Brownstown, Herrin and Marion.
In the past week, the Red Cross provided ten individuals, including seven adults and three children with a safe place to stay, health services and information about resources available for their recovery.
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.
The Red Cross also provided canteen services to first responders fighting field fires in Montgomery County.
Hundreds of Volunteers Assisting Communities Devastated by Disasters Across the Country
Around 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 health and disaster mental services to those impacted.
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.
Other Ways You Can Help
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.