American Red Cross personnel respond at a moment’s notice to individual disasters (most commonly house fires), natural disasters (tornadoes, winter storms, extended power outages, extreme heating, flooding, etc.), and man-made disasters (explosion, drowning, manhunt, transportation, terrorism). We meet the immediate, basic needs of people affected by the event. Basic needs include, but are not limited to: food, clothing, shelter, furnishings and personal care items. Disasters may occur at any time of the day, anywhere in our community with little or no advance warning; impacting people without regard for race, gender, religion, or economic status.
In addition to response, another important aspect of our Emergency Services program is preparedness. We are a vital resource providing timely and relevant preparedness materials. We work with community members and businesses to train them to become more prepared for potential disasters, reducing the impact when the disaster occurs.
To learn more about becoming a part of our Disaster Action Team or to request a Preparedness Presentation call 309-662-0500.
Please join us in recognizing the following hotels that have generously donated at least ten nights stays for local families left without a place to stay after a disaster:
Country Inn & Suites East, Bloomington
Days Inn, Bloomington
Doubletree Hotel, Bloomington
Fairfield Inn, Bloomington
Hampton Inn & Suites, Normal
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Bloomington
LaQuinta Inn, Bloomington
Parke Hotel, Bloomington
Service to the Armed Forces
As conflicts continue, many residents are actively serving in the military. Others are being called and recalled to active duty. As they leave home, they leave behind spouses, children, parents and other loved ones. The American Red Cross of the Heartland’s Service to the Armed Forces program is a lifeline for those who stay behind.
We are chartered by the United States Congress to be the communication link in times of crisis for families and their soldiers in the military. Even with communication advances like e-mail and cellular phones, there are many instances where, due to the strategies of war, families do not know where their loved ones are and direct communication is limited at best.
The American Red Cross works with the U.S. military to get emergency messages of births, serious illness, and death from families to soldiers. We also provide “health and welfare inquiries;” establishing contact with a family member who hasn’t been heard from. The Service to the Armed Forces Center communicates with the service unit and the serviceperson contacts the family.
This program is provided 24 hours everyday by trained staff and volunteers. In times of war and international conflict Service to the Armed Forces becomes even more important and your support enables us to handle the increased caseload.