11/19/2013 11:50 am ET Updated Nov 19, 2013

Illinois Tornado Survivors Hope To Reunite With Displaced Pets, With The Help Of Social Media

As survivors from the historic and deadly tornadoes that tore through central Illinois sift through what remains of the lives they've built, they've turned to social media with the hope of reuniting fellow survivors with their beloved pets.

A Facebook page -- titled, simply, "Illinois Tornado Animals Lost & Found" -- was launched this week to help with the reunion effort by serving as a gathering point for photos of pets that are both missing and that have already been located away from their owners.

Also included are successful and inspiring reunion stories:

Social media is also being used to help reunite tornado survivors with various photos, papers and other debris that have been found as far as 120 miles away from the areas hardest-hit by the storm.

Meanwhile, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday increased the number of Illinois counties declared disaster areas from seven to 13 in the wake of the devastating storm.



Aerial Views Of Illinois Tornado 2013