Volunteers with the American Red Cross have been busy this month, responding to 17 fires across northern Illinois affecting 59 people, including 19 children.
The Red Cross provided the numbers in an update on Monday. Disaster responders, consisting of around 35 volunteers, provided resources to families recovering from house fires in Rockford, Bolingbrook, Posen, Riverdale, Naperville and Gurnee. They also assisted in six fires that happened in Chicago.
The resources they provided included basic needs of those affected like temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services and health and mental health services.
The Red Cross recommends two steps to protect yourself or loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. For help doing so, click here.
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties, including Boone, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago.