Credit unions across parts of the Midwest, particularly in southern Illinois and Missouri, were implementing their emergency disaster plans and galvanizing relief efforts Thursday to aid victims of the series of nighttime tornadoes which destroyed homes and businesses and killed at least 12 people.

There were no reported injuries or damage at credit unions though at least two remained closed in hard-hit Harrisburg, Ill., with delayed openings in Tennessee and Branson, Mo.

"When something like this hits, we in credit unions down here are all close enough we can easily help out one another," said Sheila Reichert, CEO of the $14 million River to River CU in Vienna, 40 minutes away from Harrisburg.  

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