The thoughts and prayers of the Senate Republican Caucus are with those affected by tornadoes that touched down in Northern Illinois on Thursday, April 9.
Widespread damage reported in Rochelle, Fairdale and Kirkland in North-Central Illinois has prompted Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to activate the State Incident Response Center in Springfield to ensure that state personnel and equipment is prepared to be deployed to aid in recovery. Already, conservation police officers, communications equipment, light towers, and other personnel have been mobilized to aid local government officials with disaster recovery.
The Governor has also declared Ogle and DeKalb Counties state disaster areas. The disaster declaration makes a variety of state resources available to help people in these counties recover from the devastating storms.
A shelter is open at Rochelle Township High School located at 1401 Flagg Rd in Rochelle.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has provided several tips on how you can best help those affected by storms.
- Financial gifts to voluntary agencies responding to disasters is the most effective way to help as it allows agencies to purchase exactly what is needed.
- If you plan to donate material goods, please donate only the material things that have been requested by officials and bring them to official designated collection centers.
- Please do not go to the scene of a disaster. Immediately following a disaster, there are often far more volunteer offers than volunteer needs. The arrival of unexpected volunteers can interfere with response efforts.
- Volunteers will be needed most during the long-term recovery phase, which could last months or years.
- If volunteering, please be patient and wait until relief agencies can train you properly.
More information on resources and how to help is available at ready.illinois.gov. Information on specific sites that can utilize volunteers will be posted as it becomes available.