American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Region Responds to Four Incidents in the past 24 hours

Being displaced from ones home due to a fire or other emergency is devastating, but it is especially difficult with it being so close to the holidays. Disasters do not take a break and neither does the Red Cross. Our volunteers have been called out four times in the last 24 hours to provide relief and support to the families affected by a tragedy during this holiday season.  

Our first response in the last 24 hours occurred Wednesday afternoon. We assisted a family, one adult and one teenager, from the Pulaski area who had a house fire. They are staying with family and we provided them with monetary assistance for food, home-made quilts and comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion)

Around noon yesterday, the East Central Wisconsin Chapter received a call to support 75 emergency workers responding to a large barn fire in Oshkosh that shut down part of Hwy 41 for a period of time. We provided water, coffee and 100 sandwiches to the crews.

Last night around 11:00pm, we received a call of a family with two adults and seven children displaced due to a gas leak in the home. Currently we are assisting the family with hotel stay and comfort kits.

Today at 6:00am two disaster volunteers were called out to respond to a home fire in Pulaski. Based on the clients immediate emergency need we provided the family of two adults and two teenagers with monetary assistance for clothing and groceries. We also provided comfort kits and homemade quilts. The family is staying with relatives.

From November 15-December 23 the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has responded to 17 incidences helping a total of 79 people with their immediate emergency needs. We have also provided food, water, coffee and snacks to 435 emergency workers at multiply incidences within the community.

Across the Northeast Wisconsin Region since Thanksgiving we have responded to 28 incidences and we helped 102 people with direct service and were available to help thousands mores. Across the region we supported 655 emergency workers with water, coffee, and food at multiple incidences.

“We are continually thankful for our community partners who support local disasters at a moments notice, said Barbara Behling, Red Cross spokesperson. “Unfortunately, we have leaned on them heavily within the past month. It’s this time of year, our resources are stretched thin, the need is unprecedented and gifts of any size will support local families who have been devastated by fires, power outages, gas leaks and more.”

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. Cell phone users can text the word GIFT to 90999 from now through December 31 to make a $25 donation to the American Red Cross, visit www.newredcross.org to make an online donation or called 920-231-3590 for more information.

About the Northeast Wisconsin Region:

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of four chapters serving 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the East Central Wisconsin, 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

About the American Red Cross:
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. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

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