On Sunday, November 17 devastating tornadoes hit central Illinois destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power. Tragically, six were reported dead and dozens more were injured. The Governor has officially declared seven counties a state disaster area.
The state disaster area declaration comes with a bevy of state resources that can be mobilized to help affected communities recover from the storms. Updates on the state’s recovery effort as well as a listing of open shelters can be found at ready.illinois.gov.
The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are on the ground providing food, shelter, and other assistance to those whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Sunday’s storms. To aid in the recovery effort the American Red Cross has specified that monetary donations, more than anything, are the best way to help. You can click here to make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Fund or here to donate to the Salvation Army.
Many schools and community organizations have stepped up to offer their support by collecting supplies and monetary donations to aid in the recovery. Normal Community High School, which has the same school colors as Washington High, has even offered football uniforms and monetary donations for other equipment to help Washington High compete in this weekend’s football playoff game. It is amazing to see how the community is rallying to help their neighbors affected by the storm. Click here for more on how you can participate in local fundraising and donation drive efforts.
Volunteers are being coordinated by the Tazewell County Health Department at 309-925-5511.
Donations are being accepted by the Washington Chamber of Commerce at Countryside Banquet Center, 659 School St, Washington, IL 61571. Please donate anything a person would need for a hotel stay.
The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) has announced that DOI will offer free one-on-one counseling services to assist Washington residents recover. Click here for more information.
Additionally, a facebook group has been created to help reconnect those affected with personal items, like family photos, some of which have been found scattered more than 100 miles away. The page allows users to post photos of items that have been found in hopes of returning them to their owners. The page can be found by clicking here.
Any assistance you can offer will go a long way toward helping the families devastated by this storm to recover.
State Senator 44th District