McLean County EMA to host Multi Agency Resource Center to help flood victims



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As McLean County residents continue to battle the aftermath of the storms, the McLean County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is ready to help people recover.

The EMA is hosting a Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bloomington Junior High School.

Acting Director of EMA Cathy Beck said several local and state organization will provide resources to help flood victims. recover from damages. Organizations that will be in attendance include the City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Insurance, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and more.

“They don’t have to call one place and [they] say ‘No its not us, try this place.’ All these places should be here and should be able to point them in the right direction.”

The Salvation Army will be one of the organizations attending the event.

Social Service Director Joanna Callahan said the organization has been helping flood victims for the past three weeks, providing flood kits and box fans to help remove and dry water from homes.

Callahan said applications for financial assistance and hotel funds for temporary shelter will also be available

“Our priority is to keep folks housed,” Callahan said. “That’s one of the reasons why we decided to partner with a hotel because if you can’t be in your home, you’re not housed. So this gives people time to work with their landlords or get any repairs done to their homes by restoration teams.”

EMA said residents planning on attending MARC will need to bring a proof of address, such as a driver’s license, ID or a piece of mail.

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