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Red Cross - Tornado Update 11/12/13 - 12PM

PEORIA - The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and comfort across several Midwestern states for people affected by last Sunday’s devastating tornadoes and severe weather.
PEORIA - The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and comfort across several Midwestern states for people affected by last Sunday’s devastating tornadoes and severe weather.

• Nearly 40 people stayed in 10 Red Cross shelters Wednesday night in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.
- Shelters are still open at Crossroads Methodist Church in Washington, IL and the Community Health & Rehab Building in Gifford, IL .

• Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to provide food, shelter and relief supplies to all those whose lives were affected by these storms.
- Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing meals and relief supplies in the affected communities, including Gifford, Washington, East Peoria and Pekin.
- In the days ahead, Red Cross workers will be joining with several partner agencies to set up multi-agency resource centers. In these centers, residents will be able to connect with a range of services offered by community organizations.

• Red Cross disaster mental health workers are available to help people cope with these deadly storms. Health workers are also available to help people replace things like lost medications and eyeglasses.

• As of Wednesday evening, more than 400 Red Cross workers in Illinois and Indiana have:
- Served more than 25,000 meals and snacks
- Handed out more than 1,100 relief items
- Provided more than 500 health and mental health services

Red Cross workers are providing relief now and we’ll be there for weeks to come helping people get back on their feet.
•The Red Cross is coordinating closely with government and community partners to provide help and support recovery efforts.
• Trained Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people who need extra help with unmet emergency needs and creating recovery plans. Red Cross assistance for people whose homes were destroyed or suffered major damage could include support for housing, replacing household items and clothing, and food costs.
• Volunteers are also helping to connect people with local community resources and social service programs, fill out paperwork for assistance or insurance claims, provide counseling or help to identify child care resources.
• Our job is never over — even as we work with people to help them recover, our preparedness teams are investing in helping individuals, neighborhoods, businesses and organizations get better prepared for disasters so that they can be more resilient when the next disaster strikes.

People affected by severe weather and other disasters need help now. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.
• You can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
• Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

Important Safety Information

The Red Cross reminds affected residents to stay safe while they clean up their homes and neighborhoods. People should:
• Wear appropriate clothing. Long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes and gloves when examining damage or cleaning up debris.
• Watch pets closely. Be aware of hazards at nose and paw or hoof level, particularly debris, spilled chemicals, fertilizers and other substances that might not seem to be dangerous to humans.

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