November 19, 2013
As dawn broke the morning after a tornado outbreak ripped across Illinois, residents woke with the challenge all survivors of devastating storms face. Where to turn for help?
The American Red Cross, Governor Pat Quinn and state emergency management officials banded together to tell people relief is coming, because help is on the way. “We’re all in this together, we’re a team,” said Quinn.
As the team fanned out across affected regions, the arm of the Red Cross reached out to families in Coal City. People were up early to begin assessing damage to their homes. Red Cross emergency response vehicles carrying supplies like blankets, water and doughnuts winded through debris-lined streets. On board were volunteers Rich Arons and Diana Spathis. They saw a lot of community strength under the rubble. Still, when the unavoidable fatigue settled over the neighborhoods later in the day, the two disaster mental health specialists provided a pivotal break to help people push through it by taking time to talk over a cup of coffee.
Inside Rachetti’s Café and Pizzeria downtown, Mark Evans was prepping for a special Red Cross delivery. The day before, Mark was grilling burgers, one of his favorite dishes to cook. When he saw the funnel cloud, he forgot the food and hustled the handful of customers and employees though the kitchen to safety. Today, Mark took extra care and found new meaning in preparing dinner. The Red Cross was sending volunteers to distribute the food to families who no longer had working kitchens of their own.
For teenager Zach Hajduk that calzone never tasted so good. Zach is sleeping in the dining room until the roof over his bedroom is repaired. Now sleeping where he should be eating, and eating outside; Zach and his family were grateful the Red Cross found the path to his door and extend a hand to help.
November 18, 2013
[TOLEDO, OHIO] Monday, November 18, 2013 — The American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region is responding to provide assistance to people affected by last night’s Midwest Tornadoes. Red Cross staff and volunteers have responded to calls for help in Lucas, Putnam and Wood Counties, including the hard hit community of Cloverdale.
Immediate Red Cross assistance is based on an individual’s needs and typically includes food, clothing, comfort kits, medical or prescription assistance, emotional support and temporary shelter. In the next few days, Red Cross volunteers will be available to provide direct assistance0 for items such as bedding and support with security deposit or rent as clients have need.
November 18, 2013
Illinois - A series of severe thunderstorms caused tornado activity in several portions of the state, destroyed scores of homes, damaged others, closed roads, left thousands of residents without power and prompted evacuations on Sunday. Multiple deaths and injuries reported.
Chapters within the region conducted call downs, deployed Team Members, dispatched Emergency Response Vehicles, opened several shelters overnight and provided Mass Care to evacuees.
Indiana - Severe storms with tornado activity destroyed and damaged homes and left hundreds of residents without power throughout several portions of the state on Sunday. Multiple injuries reported.
Chapters within the region deployed Team Members, opened a reception center as well as shelters and provided Mass Care.
Kentucky - Severe thunderstorms that affected the Midwest also caused tornado activity that destroyed and damaged homes in Henderson and Union Counties on Sunday.
The chapter deployed Team Members and opened a reception center to provide assistance to residents within the affected area.
Missouri - Tornado activity from a severe storm affected several homes in Scott County on Sunday.
The Southeast Missouri Chapter deployed Team Members to assess damage and provided assistance to affected-area residents if needed.
The Southern Missouri region is on stand-by and ready to provide Mutual Aid to Illinois.
November 18, 2013
Red Cross volunteer, Tom Elliott, gives an update on relief efforts in Milford, Texas. The entire Texas town was evacuated when a pipeline exploded nearly 48 hours ago.
November 14, 2013
Texas- Following an explosion in Ellis County, Texas, the American Red Cross is establishing a shelter location for anyone that might need a place to gather until they can safely return home. The shelter will be located at Italy High School, 300 South College, Italy, Texas. At this time, no residents have arrived at the shelter, but as always, the Red Cross will remain ready to serve until the emergency has passed.