Red Cross opens shelters for people affected by Illinois tornadoes


Chicago, IL – November 17, 2013 – The American Red Cross is providing shelter and food to people affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that struck down today in Illinois.


The Red Cross is mobilizing operations out of the Greater Chicago Region and Peoria chapters to respond. Two shelters are open in the Chicago area, one in southern Cook County and another in Grundy County. In addition, four more shelters are open in central Illinois where the communities of Washington and Pekin were hit hard. Locations include:


  • ·         New Community Church - 14801 Lincoln Ave. in Dolton
  • Coal City High School – 655 W. Division St. in Coal City
  • Crossroads United Methodist Church – 1420 N. Main St in Washington
  • Evangelical United Methodist Church – 401 Main St in Washington
  • First United Methodist Church – 154 E. Washington St in East Peoria
  • Avanti's Dome – 3105 Griffin Avenue in Pekin


“Red Cross workers are working around the clock to bring relief to people,” said Harley Jones, Chief Operating Officer, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “There are more supplies and help from our volunteers on the way to help with their immediate needs.”


A list of open shelters is updated regularly at  Available shelters can also be found by downloading the free Red Cross Tornado App which also allows users to monitor weather reports. The Tornado App, along with other free Red Cross apps, can be found in the Apple ITunes Store and the Google Play Store for Android phones.


Volunteers will also be out early tomorrow morning in emergency response vehicles to give food to families in affected communities.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @ChicagoRedCross.