Illinois Red Cross Workers Helping Storm Victims

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PEORIA---The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region is on the ground assisting residents who suffered damage to property from Tuesday night's tornadoes that ripped through the state.

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are doing seek and serve missions in the areas. They are checking on residents. Workers are also passing out cleaning supplies that include rakes, brooms and trash bags and also providing bottled water and snacks.

Red Cross teams are also evaluating the extent of damage to find out what services are needed for residents. The Red Cross encourages anyone affected by storms and tornadoes to contact the Red Cross toll free at (844) 319-6560.

How You Can Help

Red Cross volunteers are supporting people affected by these storms right now – and we need your help. The Red Cross depends on the continued support of the public to help people affected by disasters big and small.

  • People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting HERE. You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a donation.
  • Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
  • The Red Cross honors donor intent. Any designated funds we raise beyond what are needed for emergency relief will be put to use serving the recovery and disaster preparedness needs of the affected communities.

How to be Prepared
Weather conditions can change rapidly and the Red Cross encourages everyone to take steps now to be prepared in an emergency.

  • Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information and shelter locations at your fingertips. It also features emergency weather alerts to help keep the user safe, and provides information about what to do in case of various disasters and the locations of open shelters.
  • Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. 
  • Visit redcross.org/prepare to review information on disaster preparedness, how to assemble an emergency kit for your home and vehicle and the importance of having an emergency escape plan for your family.
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