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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 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:
*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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