Red Cross Issues Tips to Stay Safe this Summer as Temperatures Rise

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Summer is here, bringing with it dangerous excessive heat. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to stay safe as the temperatures soar.

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Temperature can rise quickly as high as 19 degrees within 10 minutes.*

NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN, PETS IN THE CAR, the inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.

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    Within 20 minutes, the temperature reaches to an unbearable 109 degrees.* (*Graphic Courtesy of General Motors and Golden Gate Weather Services)

  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affectedby the heat.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
  • If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).

HEAT EXHAUSTION Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.

If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

HEAT STROKE IS LIFE-THREATENING. Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

For more information on what to do when temperatures rise, people can visit redcross.org, download the Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Checklist, or download the free Red Cross First Aid. The app is available for iPhone and Android smart phone and tablet users in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. People can learn how to treat heat-related and other emergencies by taking First Aid and CPR/AED training online or in person. Go to redcross.org/takeaclass for information and to register.

Year of Death # Fatalities
2000 1
2002 8
2003 9
2004 4
2005 12
2006 10
2007 5
2008 1
2009 8
2010 9
2011 5
2012 24

(From Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

Note: Numbers in table are totals of directly and indirectly-related heat fatalities. If heat was the primary cause of death it is a directly related heat death. If heat was a secondary or contributing cause of death it is an indirectly related heat death.

Super Donor Days 2013!

By Deb Mylener, Donor Recruitment Representative

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Julie Brunner donating in honor of her mom, Mary Brunner, because she can’t.

For the past 27 years, a special two-day blood drive has been held here in the Green Bay community to meet the patient needs before the 4th of July holiday.  This year, Super Donor Days was held on Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3 at Shopko Hall.

Our goal this year was to collect 425 pints in two days, and we had more than 400 presenting donors with a grand total collection of 398 pints.  Although we fell slightly short of our goal for this event, over 1,190 patient lives may be saved! These donations will make a significant difference during the difficult summer months of blood collection.

Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors and volunteers for another successful year of the Super Donor Days blood drive! More than 90 volunteers helped make this event possible and we could not have done this without the support from our cheerful, friendly and dedicated do-gooders.

THANK YOU!

To view pictures from the event click HERE.

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Read about Deb Harrington!

In the world of Disaster Response and planning things happen very quickly and our Disaster Response Volunteers need to be prepared to report to the scene and offer assistance. They need to have the correct paperwork in their bags and supplies—comfort kits, sweat suits, quilts in their vehicles.

We have a solid core of 50 Emergency Responders that cover the 10 Counties that make up the BIG 10 Area. Deb Harrington has developed processes and methods to keep all of us straight. She maintains casework files locally so help can continue being provided and makes sure that copies of financial records are sent to the Milwaukee office for payments. She has reorganized the files in the Disaster Office so the Team Captains can come in and restock with no problem. She accepted the position of co-lead of Mass Care and is Captain of a response team that is on call every 6 weeks from 6pm to 6am.

Deb has been very patient and kind no matter what is asked of her. She is a talented smart business woman who has put her skills to good use working behind the scenes. The whole team knows to go to Deb to find anything that is needed. This is such a vital role because once a call comes in everyone and everything is moving quickly and more times than not something changes. Deb is always there to support her fellow volunteers.

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Deb Harrington, third from right, with her Behind-the-Scenes Award. Also in the picture: Scott Vanidestine, Judy Irwin Gregory & Nancy Stolz Mirhashemi.

Congratulations Deb Harrington in being honored with the 2013
Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Award.

Rookie of the Year Award: Jennifer Pederson

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Jody Weyers & Jennifer Pederson with her Rookie of the Year award!

The rookie of the year is awarded to Jennifer Pederson who has started in the past year for her exceptional work and dedication. She hit the ground running after being recruited by some of her friends to get involved with the UW-Green Bay Red Cross club.

She has attended every monthly meeting, assisted with setting up and staffing a Holiday Mail for Heroes card signing event on campus, assisted with recruitment of volunteers and promotion of campus blood drives, worked with a group to promote and organize our annual Red Cross Awareness Concert, supported chapter fundraising events such as Project Leap and Dancing with Our Stars. We are proud to have her as our Red Cross President for the next school year!

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(L-R: Jennifer Pederson, Mike Gallagher, & Jody Weyers)

For her dedication, leadership and commitment, we honor Jennifer Pederson with the Rookie of the Year Award.

Scott Vanidestine Receives the 2013’s Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award

Scott Vanidestine, our second honoree seems to have been a DAT member forever. He actually started in 2007 but kind of stayed in the background working on projects. Now things have changed in his work life—retired and he is with us big time.  He is on a daytime team from 6am-6pm for 2 weeks in every month. He graciously covers shifts for other team members, attends meetings all over our region, and drives people being deployed to and from the airport and helps out wherever he can.

He presents a very caring attitude when working with our clients. He helps them see that this fire is a major bump in their lives but Red Cross is there to help them over that bump and into the future.

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(L-R: Scott Vanidestine, Judy Irwin Gregory, Debra Harrington, & Nancy Stolz Mirhashemi)

Congratulations, Scott! Thank you for your time & dedication.

Congrats Phil Everhart on the 2013’s Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award!

Phil EverhartPhil Everhart, one of the recipients for the Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award, has been part of the Disaster Action Team since 2009. He responds to the emergency calls, works with other community agencies in helping our clients, found a location in Menominee for our shelter supplies, maintains the inventory and does presentations in the community about Red Cross Disaster Services. Matter of fact for over 1 year now he has responded to ALL calls in his 2 counties: Marinette WI and Menominee MI.

Thank you for your outstanding response and commitment in assisting those affected by disaster.

Thank You Goldwing Road Riders Association

By Lisa Stanchfield, Program Services Specialist

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The Goldwing Road Riders Association made a check presentation to the American Red Cross for the brat fries they held May 3rd & 4th and June 28th & 29th in Fond du Lac.

Every year they pick a different organization to  donate the proceeds to from their brat fry sales. The association picked the Red Cross this year because we helped one of their members that was affected by a fire last fall,  and they wanted to return the favor.

They presented the American Red Cross with a check for $900.00  to continue our mission in helping others with disaster relief.