Severe weather slammed into the Heartland, destroying homes and businesses, injuring dozens, and killing at least three of your neighbors. From the moment the storms hit, your American Red Cross has been in the field, on the front lines providing shelter, food and water, supplies, and support for storm victims and emergency workers. The Red Cross works with local government and community partners to provide help where it's needed most. But funds are short and now the Red Cross needs YOUR help to continue these critical services in Brookport, Scott County, and throughout the Heartland.
Cash donations can also be made at the Banterra Bank in Metropolis. Checks should be made out to "Shawnee Development" with "Brookport" on the memo line. They can be delivered or mailed to the bank at:
P.O. Box 529
Metropolis, IL 62960
Volunteer registration will begin on Nov. 23 at 8:30 a.m. Registration is at the old Veach's service station located at the intersection of Illinois 145 and US 45.
The Illinois Department of Transportation and Massac County Highway Department will begin large debris removal the morning of Nov. 25. Debris should be placed curbside and should not block roadway.
American Red Cross and local social service organizations will be in attendance to answer your questions, and provide information and disaster related assistance. It will be held on Monday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Old Gym (behind Brookport Elementary), 306 Crockett Street.
The Red Cross said those affected by the recent tornado are invited to receive available services and relief information. They ask that you bring proof of address (driver's license, utility bill, lease, etc.)
David Searby, the EMA public information officer helping with disaster relief, says they have been overwhelmed with donations of good and are no longer asking for material donations for Brookport. Monetary donations are accepted.
Agencies are establishing disaster relief drop points throughout Paducah and McCracken County, Ky. The McCracken County Sheriff's Department said monetary donations are not being accepted. However, the following items are requested:
- Hygiene products
- Cleaning supplies and tools (rakes, shovels, brooms)
- Household items
- Food (non perishable)
- Cold weather clothing
- Pet supplies
The following drop points will be collecting these items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
- Paducah Fire Department Station 1, located at 301 Washington Street
- Mercy Regional EMS Station 1, located at 3551 Coleman Road
- Lone Oak Fire Department, Station 1, located at 111 Cave Thomas Drive
All questions about the drop points should be directed to Mercy Regional EMS at 270-450-8050.
Banterra Bank of Metropolis is collecting monetary donations.
Project Hope and the Landing Strip will be collecting pet supplies. You can call the Landing Strip at 618-638-6697 for more information.