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Salvation Army distributes clean-up kits to flood victims

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The Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits in the following Chicagoland locations affected by the flood until supplies last.

•    Salvation Army staff and volunteers are going door-to-door in Des Plaines to distribute kits. Residents can also pick up kits this afternoon until supplies last at The Salvation Army Des Plaines Corps Community Center at 609 West Dempster Street. For information in Des Plaines, call (847) 981-9111.

•    The Salvation Army will be distributing clean-up kits to residents in the Albany Park community of Chicago beginning Tuesday, April 23, at 9 a.m. until supplies last at The Salvation Army's Divisional Headquarters at 5040 N. Pulaski Road.

•    The Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits at their Aurora Corps Community Center tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 437 E. Galena Blvd.

•    The Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits in Winnebago County through the Sheriff's Office in the communities of Blackhawk Island, Machesney Park and Edgemere Terrace. For more information about the Rockford distribution, call (815) 226-4400.

The Salvation Army will also offer long-term flood relief efforts, including emergency financial assistance for furniture, clothing, food, rent and utilities for those who qualify. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. For information regarding emergency assistance, call The Salvation Army Help Desk at (773) 205-3520.

Since Thursday, The Salvation Army has dispatched six mobile canteens and crews to numerous locations, including the Albany Park community of Chicago, Elmhurst, and the villages of Franklin Park and Stone Park. The Salvation Army has also assisted with sandbags in Aurora and Algonquin.

As of Monday afternoon, The Salvation Army has supplied 1,000 meals, 1,200 snacks and 1,600 beverages to first responders and flood victims.

The Salvation Army recommends flood victims heed the following safety measures to remain safe as they return to their homes:

•    Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.

•    Stay out of any areas of the house that remain flooded. Wet wiring is an electrocution hazard. Call the utility companies to have your power and gas turned off.

•    During cleanup, wear protective clothing, such as rubber gloves, eye protection and rubber boots.

•    Do not use water that may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

•    Do not mix bleach with ammonia. This produces dangerous, toxic chlorine gas.

Giving:

To support The Salvation Army's Disaster Services in the Chicagoland area, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salarmychicago.org. Please be sure to designate your gift "Disaster Services." Donors may also give by mobile phone. Text CHICAGOFLOOD to 41444.

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