American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

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Five Ways To Be Disaster Ready In Chicago

While snow storms may get all the attention in Chicago’s weather news, tornadoes are not uncommon in and around the city. Be prepared for tornado season by planning and strategizing to ensure your family is ready in case of an emergency.


People assess the damage after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado, reported to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide, touched down in the Oklahoma City area on Monday killing at least 51 people. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Chicago Red Cross Joining Tornado Relief Effort In Oklahoma

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago has begun mobilizing to help with the relief effort in Oklahoma, after a devastating tornado killed dozens of people.


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Red Cross Opens Expanded Facility On West Side

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago cut the ribbon on its expanded facility this morning at 2220 W. Harrison in the Medical District on the West Side.


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Com Ed, Local Red Cross Sending Crews East Ahead Of Hurricane Sandy

Some ComEd crews and others from the Chicago area have started heading east, ahead of Hurricane Sandy, to be in place to help with recovery once the storm makes landing next week.

WBBM Newsradio–10/27/2012

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Chicago Hits 100 Degrees For First Time Since 2005

For only the second time in the past seven years, the high temperature in Chicago hit 100 degrees.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2012

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Chicago Red Cross Nurse Headed To Tornado-Ravaged Alabama

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago wasted no time putting nurse Mary Witherspoon to work when she volunteered to work with them at disaster scenes in January.

WBBM Newsradio–04/29/2011

Cars are buried in snow on Lake Shore Drive after the Blizzard of 2011. (Credit: "Rock"/User Photo)

Stranded Motorists Used Twitter During Blizzard

There were some valuable lessons learned about the use of social networking web sites during one of Chicago’s worst-ever snowstorms.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2011

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One Hurt, 24 Displaced In Extra-Alarm Fire

One person was injured and 24 people were displaced — including five children — during an extra alarm fire early Saturday in the Austin neighborhood.