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A series of severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes devastated many counties in Illinois in November 2013.

Key resources for those affected by the floods include:


Illinois Disaster Legal Aid Hotline: 844-726-8775 ext 256

Free legal assistance available to storm survivors through a partnership between the Illinois State Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division, and the Peoria Bar Association.

Illinois - Illinois Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes (DR-4157)
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
Illinois Disaster Resources and Information from the Governor's office
Illinois State Bar Association Resources for Disaster Victims

New FEMA Disaster Reporter: view pictures of the disaster either in a list view or off a zoomable street level map.
*Residents and businesses affected by the November storms, winds, and tornadoes can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 3, 2014.

* If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.

*You can also find organizations in Illinois that can provide free legal help to you, if you are eligible, by visiting: http://www.illinoislegalaid.org/.
*You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
*Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.

Below are other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster:


Illinois Disaster Legal Services Manual
A Resource for Illinoisans and Illinois Lawyers from 2011


Help After a Disaster

FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicant

Participating Organizations

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  • Lone Star Legal Aid Logo
Pro Bono and legal aid attorney resources - Pro Bono Net

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