Red Cross responds after severe storms in Southern Illinois


Web Editor - Nick Miller

UPDATE (11/18/13) -  About two-dozen regional Red Cross volunteers are in or headed to massac and Pope counties today.

Another dozen are also providing disaster relief in Washington, Jefferson, and Wayne counties.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter is responding after significant storms tore through Southern Illinois.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for those affected, at the First Baptist Church in Metropolis, Illinois.

Disaster response volunteers are currently meeting with emergency officials and first responders for updates on the hardest-hit areas. They will also be canvassing the affected areas and conducting damage assessments. The Red Cross is also ready to provide affected residents with basic emergency needs such as food, a safe place to stay, and emotional support.

They would like to remind people about their free, official Tornado App, which can bring lifesaving information right into the hands of people living in tornado-prone areas.