Red Cross Teams on Stand-by Ready for Fires, Floods and Winds

Oshkosh, WI…(July 14, 2010) Across the 22-county Northeast Wisconsin Region of the American Red Cross, disaster action teams have been activated and several more are on stand-by. Evening storms have created a series of actions from responding to a local fire, placing a shelter on stand-by and teams are being readied for action once the storms pass.

Earlier this evening, more than 70 fire-fighters, and first responders, were given hydration and nutrition at a Fish Creek home which was engulfed in flames after being struck by lightning. Keeping the first responders bodies cool, under such immense heat was the goal as they fought the blaze. The family was also assisted with emergency basic needs.

With the heavy rains, trained disaster action team members were in a ready position to support local flood relief efforts. This included having the Oshkosh Convention Center on stand-by as an emergency overnight shelter. Emergency Response Vehicles and trained volunteers were also ready to respond. Nick Cluppert, with the East Central WI Chapter, was also in the Winnebago County Emergency Operations Center.

Early tomorrow morning, Disaster Assessment Teams will gather before heading into damaged areas. This is the first step for client assistance. Clean-up kits with basic cleaning supplies will also be available at Red Cross offices and via mobile units. If people are in need of assistance, they are encouraged to call their local Red Cross.

All disaster assistance is free as a gift to the American people, from the American people. To financially support local disaster relief efforts, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting www.redcross.org.

About: The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of six chapters serving 22 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the East Central Wisconsin, Fond du Lac County, Lakeland, Outagamie and Scenic Shores 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 provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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