Six additional counties were declared state disaster areas after a severe storm ravaged Illinois Sunday, resulting in two EF-4 tornadoes.
Douglas, Jasper, Pope, Wabash, Wayne, and Will counties joined Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington, and Woodford counties in being declared a disaster area. That declaration opens up state resources to help with recovery efforts. Those resources include trucks, heavy equipment to remove debris, communications equipment, and help with security and other issues of public safety.
If you would like to help out, a cash donation to volunteer disaster response agencies like the Salvation Army or the Red Cross is the best way. To volunteer in person, do not visit the disaster scene, contact a reputable volunteer agency instead. Unexpected volunteers could impede recovery efforts. Information on volunteering in specific areas is below:
For more information, visit ready.illinois.gov.
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