Weichert Workforce Mobilty Chicago wrote -In the early evening of April 9, an EF-4 tornado with wind speeds between 166 and 200 miles struck Chicago and Northern Illinois, leaving 2 local residents dead and 20 injured. Your American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois continues to help those impacted by the severe weather. Our volunteers and staff were ready to help before the storms hit and today, 70 workers – 73% of which are volunteers – are actively on the ground providing hope and comfort to residents in need.
The American Red Cross is continuing to respond to the affected areas. Two emergency Red Cross aid stations – one at the Kirkland Fire Station and the other at Rochelle High School – have opened. There, volunteers and staff are providing fixed feeding services, health services, mental health services and casework services to the local communities. Family reunification, damage assessment and first-responder feeding support services also continue throughout the area.
Our priorities in the coming days include ongoing feeding support for families in Rochelle, Fairdale and Kirkland – to date we’ve served nearly 4,000 meals and snacks. We’re also focused on making sure that the impacted individuals have access to the comfort and clean up items they’ll need to get back into their homes – from work gloves to toiletry items to shovels and rakes. In partnership with the Salvation Army, our emergency vehicles are driving through Ogle County and Fairdale to distribute food and clean up items. We will provide impacted families with additional support and resources as needs are identified.