Two teams of volunteers from the Siouxland Chapter of the American Red Cross are on standby waiting to see if their services and emergency response vehicles are needed in tornado devastated parts of Illinois.
Others who volunteer with the American Red Cross from Eastern Iowa are already headed to Illinois.
Kara Kelly, spokeswoman for the central Iowa chapter, says all five of their ERVs headed east:
As many as 77 twisters touched down across the Midwest Sunday afternoon. At least six people were killed in Illinois, dozens injured and hundreds had damage to their homes.
The large weather system turned violent in Illinois, doing significant destruction near Peoria in Washington, Illinois. Entire blocks were wiped out. Kelly says the agency is offering beds and meals, for now.
Kelly says Iowans who want to offer financial help can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by going to RedCross.org, or calling 800-Red-Cross.
You can also do the $10 text donation on your phone bill by texting "Red Cross" to 9-0-9-9-9."