Who Doesn’t like to Eat Out! Now you have a Good Excuse!

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, restaurants throughout Eastern Wisconsin will donate a portion of the day’s sales, and collect customer’s financial donations to benefit American Red Cross services as part of the Dine for Disaster event. By simply eating out at participating restaurants, individuals will be making a gift to support Red Cross disaster relief and prevention.

Dine for Disaster supports local disaster relief and community disaster prevention programs.

To view a list of particpating restaurants click HERE.

Proud sponsor of Dine for Disaster:

April 12 marks the 100th anniversary of Clara Barton’s death!

April 12 marks the 100th anniversary of Clara Barton’s death and the 151st anniversary of the American Civil War. Before she became the “angel of the battlefield,” Clara Barton was a teacher and an advocate for public education.  After her experiences helping the sick and wounded during the Civil War, Clara combined her teaching skills with her passion for humanitarianism and became the advocate and champion that we celebrate her as today.

While many of her contributions as the founder of the American Red Cross are well known, not so well known is the lasting impact of her work following the Civil War to locate missing soldiers, collaborate with representatives from the newly formed international Red Cross in Europe, and to speak out publicly and advocate through government channels with three US presidents and administrations to adopt the first Geneva Convention.

Students in classrooms around the country learn about Clara Barton yet these significant dates provide opportunities to highlight the significance of her contributions in the early years when the Geneva Conventions, the Red Cross and modern international humanitarian law (IHL) were just beginning to develop — examples of the importance of humanitarian law that are as relevant today as there were so many years ago.

A series of upcoming events and resources are available to support educational efforts or lessons about Clara Barton’s legacy and contributions to the Red Cross:

The C-SPAN3 American History Channel’s American Artifacts will feature a program on Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office on April 15th at 8:00am, 7:00pm and 10:00pm, EST.  (Check local listings for exact times for Part 1 and Part 2.) A preview of the show is available on YouTube:

The Clara Barton National Historic Site will host a series of events from Miss Barton’s life, work and legacy: www.nps.gov/clba.

Angel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton 150 years ago at the Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg: Clara Barton’s response during this historic battle 150 years ago this year (September 17, 1862) is featured in a dramatization for students and teachers in a lesson on “Humanitarian Acts: What Can Bystanders Do?” in the American Red Cross free online educational resources for teachers and students: The American Civil War: A Humanitarian Perspective, inspired by the Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) curriculum.  These lessons can help educators connect American history to IHL and principles, connecting lessons of the past with issues of the present.

Here are some additional resources for your students.

Additional resources:

Book: Angel of the Battlefield by Ann Hood

Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross

Clara Barton National Historic Site (photo gallery also included)

Antietam National Battlefield: Clara Barton at Antietam

Andersonville National Historic Site: Monument to Clara Barton

Clara Barton Chronology: 1861-1869

Clara Barton Chronology: 1870-1912

Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office (GSA)

National Museum of Civil War Medicine: Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office

The Red Cross of the Geneva Convention: What It Is, By Clara Barton, 1878,

“What Would Clara Barton Wear?”

Clara Barton American Civil War Images

Kewaunee Preparedness Exercise for Point Beach Nuclear Plant

By Judy Gregory, American Red Cross, Regional Manager Disaster Planning

Monday, April 9, twenty members of our Disaster Response Team participated in an evaluated drill with Kewaunee County Emergency Management on response efforts if a disaster would occur at the Point Beach Nuclear Plant.

Emergency Management set up a mock reception center and shelter in the Luxemburg-Casco Middle School.  The evaluators, from FEMA, judged us on our ability to set up a facility that would register all the people who are evacuated from a contaminated area, operate a full functioning shelter and help reunite families.

We set up a mock shelter for the residents to go to. At the shelter we had Health Services, Mental Health Counselors, food, client caseworkers all available to meet the needs.  A Shelter would be maintained for as long as residents would be out of their homes. The FEMA evaluators spoke with people in charge of each area as well as the Shelter Manager, Logistic Chief and Operations Site Manager.

We will receive the outcome of this evaluated drill in a few months.

Thank you to all the volunteers for your participation and support to help make the Red Cross and our community prepared.

If you would like to learn more information on how you can be prepared click HERE.

To view pictures of the drill click HERE to visit the Kewaunee County Emergency Management Facebook page.

We are Proud to have the Support of First National Bank

Thank you to First National Bank for being a Hero for the American Red Cross  and supporting local disaster relief and preparedness.

(l-r) Kris Smith, Marketing, First National Bank, Vicki P. Jenks, Board Member, American Red Cross.

Two-time Hero: Farmers State Bank

Thank you to Farmers State Bank for their renewed support in 2012 for local disaster relief and preparedness. The American Red Cross relys on gifts from the American People, and we greatly appreciate the local communities support.

(l-r) Steven Hansen, Chapter Executive Northeast Wisconsin; Keith Snyder, Vice President, Donald Volkman, Senior Vice President, Laine Lazers, President, Farmers State Bank; Vicki P. Jenks, Board Member, American Red Cross.

Fond du Lac Fire Department Brat Fry to Benefit the Red Cross

April Is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Photo Courtesy of PRLOG

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month and a great opportunity for pet owners to brush up on tips from the American Red Cross to keep their animals safe and healthy as we head into spring and summer.

Heat stroke is one of the most common problems pets face in the warmer weather when they are not yet used to the warm temperatures. Pet owners should remember that the inside of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees in warm weather and should not leave their animals in the car, even during short trips. This can quickly lead to heat stroke. The signs of heat stroke include:

  • Heavy panting and being unable to calm down, even when lying down.
  • The pet’s gums may be brick red, they may have a fast pulse rate, or they may not be able to get up.

If someone suspects their pet has heat stroke, they should take the pet’s temperature rectally. If the temperature is above 105 degrees Fahrenheit, they should cool the animal down. The easiest way to do this is by using the water hose. Stop cooling the animal when the temperature reaches 103 degrees. Bring the pet to the veterinarian immediately as heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage.

Open doors and windows can be hazardous to a pet. The animal may try to get outside, increasing the risk of falling from windows or being hit by a vehicle. Some plants and flowers can be hazardous. For instance, many lilies are very poisonous to cats. Visit the ASPCA Poison Control web site to find out which plants and flowers are poisonous to animals. If someone thinks their animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, they should contact their veterinarian.

Courses are available at many Red Cross chapters on how to care for your pet. The Red Cross has also developed Dog First Aid and Cat First Aid Guides with DVDs that teach basic responsibilities like spaying/neutering and giving medications, to performing CPR and preparing for disasters. Visit Redcross.org/training or call 1-800 RED CROSS to see when classes are available. The Guides are available through the Red Cross Store.

Pet owners can follow these important steps to help keep their pet healthy:

  • Give pets plenty of exercise.
  • Make sure they have plenty of fresh, cool water.
  • Make sure they get regular yearly checkups with their veterinarian, and are up to date on vaccines, especially rabies.
  • Get pets spayed or neutered.
  • Keep dogs on leashes outside – another animal may be too much temptation
  • Know how to perform CPR and provide basic first aid until veterinary care is available

Don’t forget to include pets in planning for emergencies in your home or neighborhood:

  • Make plans to take your pets with you if you have to evacuate.
  • Most Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and other considerations. Know which friends, relatives, hotels, boarding facilities will accept pets in an emergency.
  • Assemble an easy-to-carry kit with emergency supplies for pets:
    • Leashes, harnesses and/or carriers
    • Food, drinking water, bowls, manual can opener
    • Medications and copies of medical records
    • Current photos of the pets

Pet First Aid Awareness Month is a great time for people to learn how to protect their pet and keep them healthy. More information on how to keep pets in good health are located on the Red Cross Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Volunteer Position: Northeast Wisconsin Military Family Caseworker

The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is looking for 3-4 volunteers to assist with casework for our Service to Armed Forces program. Below is the description of the role. We are looking for a time commitment of 5-10 hours a week. All training provided. If you are interested or have additional questions please contact John Kost, Regional Manager, Service to Armed Forces at (920) 733-4481  or john.kost@redcross.org

Service to Armed Forces Office Location: American Red Cross,1302 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Appleton WI, 54911

Purpose: Provide casework services to military members and their families.

Key Duties: 

  • Support American Red Cross Mission.
  • Supports SAF policies, procedures, and protocols related to Military Family Case Management.
  • Works with SAF Volunteer Coordinator, SAF Military Family Caseworker Manager, and SAF Regional Manager (as needed) to provide casework follow-up on SAF cases in the chapter’s jurisdictional area in accordance with ARC standards and guidelines.  Tasks include accessing the web based SAF Case Management System (Self-Service), making follow up calls, and logging case notes on a regular basis.
  • Successfully completes required Introduction to SAF Casework and Introduction to SAF Self-Service (Case Management System) online training and locally developed casework orientation.  (6-hours).
  • Acquires a working knowledge of Local, State, and Federal Veteran resources.
  • Attends scheduled SAF meetings.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality of any case notes, names, and other personal information in accordance with Red Cross policies.
  • Positively represents Red Cross to the military, their families, and the veteran community.


  • Regional SAF Manager SAF Military Family Caseworker Manager SAF Volunteer Coordinator SAF Military Family Caseworker


  • Good listening and interviewing skills.
  • Must handle confidential information and maintain confidentiality.
  • Must have basic computer skills (MS Office), a home computer with internet connection, and telephone.
  • Must be willing to complete required documentation using web based SAF Case Management System (SAF Self-Service).
  • Must be willing to volunteer one week in a month (5 – 10 hours/week) and flexibility to continue working with a military family until situation is resolved.   
  • Willing to travel to Appleton Red Cross office for meetings as needed.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in social work or related field is helpful.
  • Awareness of and appreciation for military culture and military families.
  • Knowledge of community resources a plus.
  • Ability to stand or sit for up to 3 hours.


  • New Employee and Volunteer Orientation w/Back Ground Check
  • Introduction to SAF Casework (online)
  • Introduction to SAF Self-Service (online)
  • Locally developed orientation to casework procedures and resources.


  • Dress appropriately for working with the public and in a manner that reflects positively on the Red Cross. 
  • Must wear Red Cross identification at all times when working for Red Cross in the public.

 Appointed by: Regional SAF Manager, SAF Volunteer Coordinator

Reports to or Partners with: SAF Family Military Caseworker Manager, SAF Volunteer Coordinator

Length of Appointment: Minimum of 1-year. 

Time Commitment: 5 – 10 hours a week.

Development Opportunities: National SAF Caseworker Training: Principles of Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Casework Class, Military Family Caseworker Manager, Get to Know Us Presenter, SAF Volunteer Coordinator, participation in military and Veterans support events