Disaster resource center to open in Taylorville

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Pictured: Taylorville tornado on Dec. 1, 2018 Pictured: Taylorville tornado on Dec. 1, 2018

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND) – A disaster resource center is scheduled to be open in coming day after an Illinois tornado outbreak.

An American Red Cross press release says it, along with Illinois agencies and community partners, created what’s called a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). It’s available on Dec. 7 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Dec. 8 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Taylorville Christian Church, which is located at 1124 North Webster St. in Taylorville.

People can visit the MARC if they’re seeking information or assistance as it relates to disaster recovery.

The tornado outbreak saw at least 27 tornadoes touch down across Illinois, dealing heavy damage to Illinois communities. While there are no reported deaths, property damage was extensive in Taylorville after an EF-3 tornado struck.

The Red Cross says an overnight shelter remains available in Taylorville at Crossroads Apostolic Church (212 Jaycee Drive). A nurse is available at that location 24 hours a day to assist with health needs. Since it opened Sunday, Red Cross leaders say eight people have used the shelter.

In addition, Red Cross Disaster Volunteers are on the ground assessing damage in Fulton, Montgomery and Christian counties on Tuesday. People with unmet disaster needs are asked to call 1-844-319-6560 and dial 1 for disaster assistance.

Anyone interested in volunteering in disaster-affected areas should click here, add their zip code and chose the option to volunteer locally. People can also click this link for the “Safe and Well” website, where they can report themselves or someone they know as safe.

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