Disaster relief efforts are in full force following the extreme weather witnessed this weekend throughout the Midwest, and this post is dedicated to shining light on ways you can help.
Read this article in The New York Times today to get a better idea of the scope of this situation: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/us/officials-assess-damage-from-deadly-tornadoes-across-midwest.html?hp&_r=0
The article says that there are “hundreds of thousands of people” without electricity. For emergency backup power systems, you can visit www.theinverterstore.com. They can provide same-day, overnight shipping to the affected areas, and we’re also being told that they’re willing to work with peoples’ budgets during this time.
The American Red Cross will also have a drive-by drop-off location Tuesday at the Red Cross office, 143 E. Main Street in Galesburg, Illinois.
“To give directly to the American Red Cross for disaster relief, you can donate on their secure online donation page - click here. You can text redcross to 90999 to donate $10 via your mobile carrier, and the charge will be added to your next bill. To donate to them by mail, complete their donation form (click here) and mail it with a check made out to American Red Cross. The mailing address for donations is American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018. You can also donate by phone by calling the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).”
To follow the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area on Facebook – click here.
A Facebook page called Washington IL Tornado Recovery was created to survey the damage in the city. The profile’s audience was over 113,000 by 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Information on how to help is also being shared.
From the page, another Facebook profile has been launched to help community members be reunited with lost photos and items. Click here to see that page.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared seven counties as disaster areas. The Illinois National Guard & others have come to their aid, but much of the work is still ahead of them so anything that you can do to help will surely be greatly appreciated.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this disaster … wishing for a speedy recovery.