RED CROSS TIPS FOR FLOOD SAFETY

March 15-19 is Flood Safety Awareness Week to help educate people about the hazards associated with flooding and about what to do when flooding occurs. 

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or floods can be very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states, like the flooding we experienced in the summer of 2008.

However, all floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, some over a period of days. Flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flooding can also occur when a dam breaks, producing effects similar to flash floods.

The American Red Cross recommends the following three actions you to be prepared for a flood: Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. 

Get a Kit

Have at least three days worth of supplies in a sturdy, but easy-to-carry evacuation kit, with additional supplies on hand. Store the kit in a place that is easily accessible. It is also a good idea to keep a smaller version of the kit in your vehicle, in case you find yourself stranded or not able to return home because of flood waters. Remember to check your kit and replace the stock every six months. Kits should contain:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable, food items (don’t forget a can opener)
  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications
  • Radio w/extra batteries
  • Tools
  • Clothing, include sturdy shoes and gloves
  • Personal items
    • Important documents
    • Eyeglasses/contact lenses with formula
    • Comfort items like toys or books
  • Toiletry items
  • Money-Cash
  • Pet supplies
  • Map

Make a Plan

Creating a family disaster plan allows people to feel prepared when flooding occurs. Discuss with your family about what you would do in a flood, and establish responsibilities for each member of the household. Include your pets in your evacuation plan. If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for them.  Plan to work together as a team.

Once you have a plan in place, practice it. Make sure each adult in your household knows how and when to turn off utilities such as, water, electricity, and gas.  Also, make sure everyone knows where emergency supplies and information are kept. 

Be Informed

Being informed helps you be better prepared. First, check to see if your insurance covers flooding. If not, find out how to get flood insurance. Second, keep your insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box, so they are safe from flood waters. Then, identify where you could go if told to evacuate – a friend’s home out of town, a motel or possibly a shelter.  Remember that floods can be small or large, so it is good to have a few different locations planned out depending on the size of the flood.   

Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying ground that appears harmless in dry weather can flood. Every state is at risk for flooding.

Flood Watch:
Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Flash Flood Watch:
Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Flood Warning:
Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Warning:
A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground

When the possibility of a flood threatens, make sure you stay up to date with weather developments through your local TV or radio stations.  It is also important to know the difference between a flood and a flash flood, and the difference between a watch and a warning. 

Share What You Know

Once you and your family are prepared, share what you have learned with family, friends and neighbors.  Encourage them to: Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed.

When a flood occurs, your community can change in an instant. You can count on the Red Cross to be there to help you and your family.  The Red Cross is not a government agency and depends on contributions of your time, money and blood.

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of six chapters serving 19 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the East Central Wisconsin, Fond du Lac County, Lakeland, Manitowoc/Calumet, Neenah-Menasha and Outagamie Chapters. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Northeast region at 920-231-3590 or visit www.NewRedCross.org

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.

Flash Flood Warning:
A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground

Lakeland Chapter Volunteer Blanche Celebrates 94th Birthday

Lakeland Chapter celebrated the Birthday of its oldest volunteer. At the age of 94, she comes in once a week to volunteer at the registration desk of the blood center. She is a testament on how volunteering does keep you young: body, mind and soul! Happy Birthday Blanche and we wish you many more.

 

Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director and Blanche!

Power of YOUTH: Great Job Sullivan School

Mauree Childress, Director of Development, with a few of the Sullivan students!

Sullivan Elementary School, in Green Bay, had a penny war for Haiti led by the Unity Club.  They raised $1,115!  Thank you to the students and their advisor, Janell Peotter for your efforts!

Thank You to Associated Bank and Their Employees!

 

Phil Flynn, Associated Banc-Corp’s President and Chief Executive  Officer, presents $54,688.00 to Steve Maricque, Executive Director of  the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, for Haitian Relief.

The employees of Associated Bank raised $27,344.00 through chili cookoffs, jeans days, buying days off, raffles and donations.  Associated Bank matched the funds the employees raised to total $54,688.00.

Is your head in a fog lately?

Posted by: Winnebago County Emergency Management:

You may have noticed fog advisories being posted for our area. Please use the following tips when having to travel during a fog advisory:

  • If your car is equipped with fog lamps, turn them on.
  • Slow down before you enter a patch of fog.
  • Be sure that you can stop within the distance that you can see.
  • Turn on your wipers and defroster to remove moisture from the windshield.
  • Use your low-beam head-lamps whether it is day or night. (High beams reflect off the fog and can impede visibility.)
  • Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.
  • Watch out for slow-moving and parked vehicles.
  • Do not change lanes or pass other vehicles unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you must pull off the road, signal first, then slowly and carefully pull off as far as possible.
    After pulling off the road, turn on your hazard flashers.
  • Be on the lookout for sudden changes in visibility. The patchy nature of fog will lower visibility quickly especially if you are driving fast. Visibility may be lower near rivers and lakes. Be especially cautious in school zones and watch for children and the flashing lights of school busses.

Thank You Rob for Sharing our Message!

It is a time designated around the country as an awareness campaign to spread the word on the services they provide across the street, “down the road” 😉 and around the country and in addition to my song “You Gotta Love” dedicated to the recent Haiti Relief efforts by the American Red Cross & the Musicians United For Haiti benefit concert last month I once again will be sharing my music for another special event.

Join us in celebration Thursday March 25th 8pm to 11pm for a free concert in the Phoenix Club at UWGB in Green Bay WI. As part of Red Cross Month the Club members at UWGB are hosting a concert on campus, with music provided by local musician Rob Anthony.

At 9pm the Red Cross are having an intermission and having three people who are going to share their Red Cross story with the students and audience attending. Miriam & Larry Slaght who had a house fire last January, Ally Mentzel, who saved her teachers life from DePere HS last year by doing CPR and Tracy Roze, who is alive today because of the life-saving blood she received.I encourage you to read more about Red Cross Month and what the NE Wisconsin and the Lakeland Chapter continuously focuses on. Click here for their Spring 2010 “Always There” Newsletter.

On a special note; not only do I hope to see you at the event I want to thank a very special person for inviting me to get involved with the Red Cross a couple years ago. Jody Weyers has committed herself and talents to the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. She truly is passionate about the American Red Cross and clearly committed to her community. So please welcome me in thanking Jody for all her efforts and contributions to our community. You rock girl and it’s always a pleasure working with you, the Red Cross and the UWGB team.

 Peace, love & prosperity to you all…Sincerely, 

Rob Anthony  

Part of the Community Locally and Worldwide: A Board Spotlight on Chad Resar

Three years ago at the young age of 29, Chad Resar joined the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter’s board as a relatively new attorney in town. Originally from the Village of Valders in Manitowoc County, Chad says joining the board, “sounded like a good opportunity to meet people and get involved.”

Chad says, “I most admire the staff and volunteers behind our Lakeland Chapter.  Whether it’s disaster relief, transportation services, health and safety, blood services or the fund-raising involved to support these efforts, they are incredibly hardworking and dedicated individuals.”

Helping out at work or in the community is never a chore to Chad. It is something he genuinely enjoys. During his involvement with the Red Cross, Chad has assisted the Red Cross with his professional expertise and advice. He has served on the Brown County Golf Classic Committee to help with planning and raising funds for the yearly event.

The Red Cross has an annual grassroots fund-raising campaign called “Heroes for the Red Cross.”  His first year being asked to participate as a board member, Chad brainstormed many ideas. Since he was new to the area and didn’t have alot of local connections, he had to be especially creative. For the last two years, Chad has donated his time and services for a Last Will and Testament, for those individuals willing to make a $150.00 contribution to the Red Cross. He was honored as a “Hero” for his efforts (a hero is an individual who raises $1,000 or more).

Chad can often be seen out enjoying the Brown County area.  He is an avid runner and can frequently be seen on the Fox River Trail – he sometimes even runs to work! “Along with the physical benefits, running really helps me clear my head and deal with everyday stress,” says Chad.

Since 2006, he has completed four full marathons and has raised money for the American Cancer Society as a Charity Runner in the past.  Chad will be running his 5th marathon on 10/10/10 in Chicago. He also recently started practicing yoga at a local studio in Brown County.

The support Chad gives his local Red Cross makes an impact locally and globally. He also finds other ways to support his community using his skills to help others. He often donates his legal services to help raise money for charities, friends, family and community members in need.

Chad believes that an important part of being a lawyer is helping our younger generation to understand the legal profession and helping children understand that lawyers are regular people too.  For the past 3-4 years, Chad has participated in “Law Day.”  He donates his time in local schools teaching a class and answering questions about the legal profession.

After being on the board for three years, Chad doesn’t feel like the new guy anymore. He is part of the community and the dedicated team of volunteers and staff that make the Red Cross a strong organization.

“The Red Cross has distinguished itself locally and worldwide with the variety and quality of humanitarian services it provides.  I really enjoy being able to feel a small part of that.”

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Responds to Three House Fires that Occurred within the Last Week

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter responded to three house fires within the last week. In total, we assisted six adults with their immediate emergency needs.

An American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer assisted two adults in the city of Shawano, affected by a home fire early Saturday, February 27.  We assisted the adults with lodging, monetary assistance for clothing and food.

Sunday, February 28, Disaster volunteers assisted two adults with their emergency needs in the town of Sobieski. We provided the family with lodging, monetary assistance for clothing and food.

The third fire occurred on Wednesday, February 24, in Keshena. An American Red Cross Disaster volunteer helped the two adults with monetary assistance for clothing, shoes, bedding and food. The clients were out of town at the time of the fire and are currently staying with family.

We also provided all clients with comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion) and homemade quilts.  

Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by community donations. You can help individuals of this disaster and others by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter’s local disaster relief fund. For information call the Lakeland Chapter at 920-468-8535 or visit www.arclakeland.org.

March is Red Cross Month

Each year the president of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month.” How did this tradition come about?

Since Clara Barton created the American Red Cross in 1881, it was largely dependent for publicity and funds on the spontaneous support of people who learned of catastrophic events and the Red Cross’s response to them. News of an event broke. The American Red Cross rushed to the scene with help. People around the country came forth with outpourings of volunteer assistance and donations of funds and supplies.

A change occurred in 1917, when the United States entered World War I. After declaring war, President Woodrow Wilson ordered the American Red Cross to raise funds to support its aid to the military and civilians affected by war, as Congress had mandated. In response, the Red Cross held its first national War Fund drive in June 1917 and set as its goal $100 million, an astoundingly large sum. The public response was immediate and overwhelming.

After the war, the Red Cross decided to make the Roll Call an annual membership and fund-raising drive. In addition, it conducted special appeals from time to time in response to major disasters.

In November 1941, with war in Europe, the Red Cross conducted a highly successful 25th Annual Roll Call. A few days later, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. The American Red Cross responded immediately by declaring a War Fund campaign. By June 1942, it had raised more than $66 million.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the month of March 1943 as “Red Cross Month.” The Red Cross set a goal of $125 million, the largest amount ever requested in one campaign by any American organization. Again, the response was overwhelming. It took less than six weeks to reach the target. By June 1943, donations totaled nearly $146 million. Roosevelt called it “the greatest single crusade of mercy in all of history.”

“This success compelled the Red Cross to repeat the March drive during the remaining years of the war and to make it the occasion of its annual membership and fund-raising efforts ever since. As part of the tradition, the President customarily issues a proclamation each year declaring March as Red Cross Month.

This Red Cross Month, we are thanking our supporters and urging people in America to continue to be involved with their Red Cross. The Red Cross works tirelessly to be there with help and hope when people need it most, and we are grateful for the public support that enables us to continue our work, here at home and abroad.

Red Cross Month is a great time for people to get involved with the Red Cross by:

• Donating blood

• Signing up for a CPR, first aid or another Red Cross course

• Giving a financial gift that can really save the day when the next disaster strikes

• Getting involved as a volunteer

We’re proud of our history and appreciative of the volunteers, employees and supporters who have given time, blood or contributions to enable the Red Cross to perform its life-saving mission.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to http://www.redcross.org