GLMV Chamber Seeks Businesses Assisting Flood Victims


Updated 7/20/2017 11:49 AM

As a gateway to the community, the Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills (GLMV) Chamber is compiling listings of businesses and organizations that are assisting those affected by the July 12 flooding. Many families are having financial hardships, lost clothing, furniture, appliances and more as their homes flooded.

If your business is contributing in any way to assist flood victims, has a special offer such as items, food, services or resources, or if you know of others that do, please let us know so that they can be included...send details to


The Chamber will share the information via social media, and hopefully provide those most in need with resources they might not have known about otherwise.

As always, we encourage anyone needing products and/or services to check with the GLMV Chamber for a referral to a reputable Chamber member. The GLMV Business Directory is available at or call the chamber for a referral at 847-680-0750.

Of course, at the GLMV Chamber our thoughts are with all those affected.

The Chamber has recently received the following information via Lake County Board, Townships, Villages, and other sources:

"...It's been a very difficult week for many families in the Tenth District as our communities deal with severe flooding. This weekend I visited Fox Lake, Libertyville, and Gurnee to meet with the local leaders of the emergency response effort and offer my support for the clean-up efforts underway.

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As the waters begin to recede, I want to thank all the first responders, government workers and volunteers who have worked around the clock on behalf of our communities.

I am extremely grateful for the first responders, our local leaders, and aid organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army that have stepped up to care for our communities in the wake of this disaster, as well as the countless volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help neighbors fight off flood waters.

This weekend, Lake County Chairman Aaron Lawlor briefed me, alongside U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14), and other local leaders at the Emergency Operations Center in Libertyville on the extent of the flooding, actions underway to mitigate further damage, and efforts to clean-up.

As affected communities begin to recover, my team and I stand ready to help in any way we can, and we will continue to closely coordinate with local leaders to ensure our communities have access to all available federal resources.


If you've been affected by flooding, information and resources are available on our website." ...Congressman Brad Schneider

"...It is so sad driving past all those homes on Garfield, Division, Lincoln and others and seeing all that stuff in front of their homes that was once their belongings, all the home owners I saw had blank looks on their faces and they looked so tired. My heart goes out to each one of them, I wish I had enough money to replace all their possessions, it's very humbling to me. We have so many great people in this community that have helped so many in need, great job Mundelein..." via Alan Lew, Facebook Mundelein Moms Group.

"...My heart goes out to all those who lost their belongings but especially their items that have memories. Please let me know if you need anything. I drove past the senior building on RT 45 across from McDonalds in Mundelein this morning and I cried when I saw all of there precious things were out by the street. I drove past the senior building on RT 45 across from McDonalds in Mundelein this morning and I cried when I saw all of there precious things were out by the street...." GLMV Board Director Karen Kay Lavris, Glacier Ice Arena, via Facebook GLMV.

On behalf of the Chamber, we are grateful for the timely response of our county officials and contributions of those who have stepped forward to assist their communities.

The Chamber has recently received the following information via Lake County Board, Townships, Villages, and other sources:

Fremont Township is accepting donations. 847-223-2847

District 75 has started a Go Fund Me page at:

Please help the District 75 PTO raise funds to help our elementary school families who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the July 12, 2017 flooding. The amount of water that fell overnight and into the morning on July 12, 2017 overwhelmed the Village's storm sewer system in low areas of the Village and many families lost clothing, furniture, and appliances as homes flooded. Families who were not adequately insured also face costly cleanup before the moisture causes further damage.

Avoid Scams Targeting Flood Damage Victims

Unfortunately, disasters bring out criminals looking to prey on victims. Also, charity or donation scams are common after a disaster. Please remember the following tips:

• Don't offer personal financial information over the phone or on-line. Be wary of clicking links or attachments from unknown sources.

• Ask for identification. Government employees should wear an official government photo ID and government workers will never ask for a fee or payment.

• When working with contractors, get three written estimates for repair work and get a written contract detailing all the work to be performed.

If you've been victimized by fraud, the Consumer Protection Division of the Illinois Attorney General's office may be able to help. Visit their website at . FEMA also has a toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at (866) 720-5721 if you suspect anyone of fraudulent activities. You can also contact local law enforcement.

Lake County Recorder Provides Deeds for Flood Victims

Owners of flood-damaged properties who are seeking financial assistance from Lake County banks and lending institutions will need to show proof of ownership in order to secure loans. The Lake County Recorder's Office will be working closely with government officials and impacted property owners to provide any necessary recorded documents at no cost to flood victims. To obtain a free certified copy of the deed, contact the Recorder of Deeds Office at 847-377-2575. Lake County military veterans in flood-damage areas may also qualify for additional programs. Veterans may contact the Recorder of Deeds Office to obtain a free certified copy of their Military Discharge Papers, commonly known as DD214s, for proof of military service.

Damage Assessment

Lake County has received a State disaster proclamation due to the widespread flooding in our region. This can open the door for federal assistance. Disaster recovery is a multi-step process starting with an initial damage assessment, which is now underway. Lake County is working with local municipalities and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to conduct the assessment. The U.S. Civil Air Patrol is currently capturing aerial photography of the flooded areas.

We need a complete and accurate damage assessment report that includes damages incurred in both incorporated and unincorporated Lake County. The detail within this report will help determine eligibility for federal assistance.

If you have flood damage, what should you do?

Lake County and its partners are continuing with the damage assessment process. The details within this report will help determine eligibility for federal assistance. The form must be completed by Monday, July 24, 2017. This form will be utilized by Lake County and unfortunately does not guarantee reimbursement for flood damage by the State of Federal governmental agencies.

• Fill out this form to report your damage.

• If your home or personal property was damaged by the flooding, contact your insurance company to determine coverage and start the claim process.

• Residents should complete emergency clean-up activities that may include removing water damaged property (carpeting, cabinets, etc.). Be sure to document your flood damage with pictures and keep all receipts related to the clean-up and repair of your property.

Please review this resource from IEMA: FAQ's for Residents Affected by Flooding.

Local Resources May Be Available

Several local agencies are beginning to transition into flood recovery. Please contact your local municipality or township to see if assistance is available in the following areas:

* Some areas have already set up special garbage collections for disposal of flood-contaminated debris, including used sandbags and flood-soaked personal property.

* Clean-up kits provided by the American Red Cross are being distributed to communities upon request.

* Some local agencies are offering permit fee waivers and/or fast-tracking permits for flood related repairs. If you live in a municipality, contact your village. Residents in unincorporated Lake County can contact the Lake County Planning, Building and Development Department at 847-377-2600.

Emergency Resources

Alert Lake County is your emergency preparedness resource. Find out how you and your family can be prepared for emergencies, and watch this video for tips to get emergency alerts.

Follow Lake County Government on social media:

• Lake County Government: Facebook and Twitter

• Lake County Emergency Management Agency: Facebook

Check Local Road Conditions, Traffic with Lake County PASSAGE

View a map of road conditions and events, including crashes, stalls, debris, and other roadway incidents, and see camera images of major intersections at . iPhone and Android users can also download PASSAGE apps. PASSAGE: 847-377-7000

Disaster/Flood Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) will be held in Round Lake Beach Thursday through Saturday for those affected throughout Lake County by last week's flooding. Affected personnel will be able to find out about available resources as well as obtain cleaning supplies, non-perishable food, and a meal. The page also suggests how to donate items to Salvation Army, providing they are needed specifically for the flood event.

Don't miss this opportunity for assistance. It takes lots of little steps to help everyone recover and move forward!

St. Vincent de Paul Libertyville Thrift Store

We are offering free couches for those people in our community that flooded. Limited quantity - come in to our store and pick a couch!


Servpro of Libertyville/North Chicago/Lake Bluff

(847) 557-1080

SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda

(847) 469-6982

C Lombardo Installations, Inc.

Call Chris Lombardo (847) 949-9180 if you have any hail or storm damage to your homes. Do not trust storm chasers.

LifeWorking Coworking

From this recent storm, your priority is your home, but when the emergency is over and you realize that you need a place to get your work done, we have everything you'll need. We are offering short-term (daily/weekly) discounted rates, effectively immediately, through the end of July. Be safe and stay dry. LifeWorking Coworking, 717 Forest Avenue, 2nd Floor, Lake Forest. (847) 457-2662

Glacier Ice Arena

Kids who's homes have been affected can skate for free during public skate Tuesday and Friday, 11:30 - 1. 670 N. Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. Karen Lavris (847) 362-1222.

Thank you to all who are providing assistance to their communities.

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