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St. Louis Red Cross Dispatches Teams to Help Ill. Tornado Victims

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WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, IL – NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Several dozen Red Cross teams are headed across the state of Illinois to provide storm victims with basic emergency needs such as food, a safe place to stay, health services and emotional support.

About two-dozen are in or headed to Massac and Pope counties. About a dozen more are also providing disaster relief in Washington, Jefferson and Wayne counties.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region says volunteers are and will provide a safe place to stay, serving meals and offering health and mental health services. Other Red Cross disaster volunteers are assessing damage to further determine needs.

In all, 12 Red Cross shelters are open in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Workers are also providing help to people whose homes were affected in Kentucky and Michigan.

You can help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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