How the Red Cross is helping!

A house in the Freedom area destroyed by the tornadoes.

A house in the Freedom area destroyed by the tornadoes.

The early morning of August 7, 2013 Northeast Wisconsin was hit with five tornadoes, confirmed by the National Weather Service causing power outages, damage to homes and businesses, and leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

Red Cross workers where immediately called to action to respond to those impacted by the tornadoes and storms. Our support, to those impacted, continues as some are just starting to get their power restored.

As of Aug 8, our total response includes:

  • Serving 4,920 meals and snacks to those impacted.
  • Distribution of 7,500 pounds of ice.
  • Three shelters open (Wrightstown, Appleton and New London) for people to receive water, food, ice, a place to stay, and a place to charge electronics.
  •  Two mobile feeding trucks going out into the impacted communities delivering water, ice, snacks, sandwiches, and gloves.
  • 72 Red Cross workers responding to those in need.
Volunteer, Chris Worm, from Fond du Lac, giving out water and sandwiches to those in need.

Volunteer, Chris Worm, from Fond du Lac, giving out water and sandwiches to those in need.

Red Cross will be sending two mobile feeding trucks this afternoon, and over the weekend to the communities of Wrightstown, Freedom, Appleton, Hortonville and New London. These trucks will have water, ice, snacks, sandwiches and gloves to distribute to those in need.

Our shelter in Wrightstown closed as of 9:30am, Thursday, August 8 and our New London shelter closed at 1:00pm today. The Appleton shelter, located at Appleton West HS, 1610 Badger Ave, will be closed at 7:00pm tonight.

Individuals can pick up ice and supplies at the Appleton shelter until 7:00pm today or at our Appleton Office, located at 1302 E. Wisconsin Ave until 4:00pm today.

If you need help due to storm/tornado damage throughout Northeast Wisconsin, please call 1-800-236-8680 for assistance. Disaster teams are ready to help you with your immediate emergency needs.

Want to see pictures of our volunteers in action?  Check out our flickr site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/newredcross/

If you would like to make a financial gift please go to: http://www.redcross.org, or call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767)

Thanks to Great Partners Red Cross is Prepared

May 29, 2012 to support Wisconsin and Michigan bordering communities relief efforts, American Red Cross Chapters throughout Wisconsin received 11 Briggs & Stratton generators and 13 pressure washers as part of a large donation to support the organization preparedness and response to disasters and emergencies.

Briggs & Stratton donated generator being used to power our Appleton Red Cross office.

Briggs & Stratton donated generator being used to power our Appleton Red Cross office.

Today we are putting that donation to good use. The American Red Cross is not immune from disasters. Our Appleton office, located at 1302 E. Wisconsin Ave, was impacted by the Northeast Storms and lost power early this morning and is currently still without power at 1:00pm today.

Staging area at the Appleton office for our feeding operation.

Staging area at the Appleton office for our feeding operation.

Thanks to the generosity of Briggs & Stratton we are able to power our Appleton office by generator so we are able to use this facility as a central hub in coordinating our disaster efforts across Northeast Wisconsin. This storm is very wide spread including the cities of Manitowoc, De Pere, Green Leaf, Wrightstown, Appleton, New London, Freedom, Hortonville and many other communities. Having a functional central office location is critical in being able to respond to the needs of those impacted.

The Briggs & Stratton gift is not only helping Wisconsin and the Michigan boarder communities be prepared but also across our nation.

The donation by Briggs & Stratton included 847 generators and 483 pressure washers to Red Cross chapters in disaster-prone locations across the United States and Puerto Rico. The generators can supply power at disaster shelters and service centers during relief operations and even power devices within our chapter’s offices. The pressure washers will ensure a high level of cleanliness for washing cots, food containers and other cleaning projects.

You can read the full story of the Briggs & Stratton donation by clicking  HERE .

My Power is Out…..

By Jody Weyers, Volunteer & Communications Director

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Roughly 64,000 people were without power as they woke up this morning in Northeast Wisconsin. I was one of the lucky ones that still had my power. As I got the call this morning at 3:30 am, from Judy Gregory, our emergency services director, I was able to monitor news stories on the internet, make my coffee, and have a quick piece of toast before I ran out the door to head to one of the badly damaged areas, Apple Creek Campgrounds, in Wrightstown.

While I was there surveying the damage of downed trees, and debris strewn about and standing with report, Millaine Wells, WFRV-TV, waiting for our live shot, she asked me, “Just how long is food good for in your refrigerator and freezer during a power outage?” She went on to tell me that where she lived, she did not have power this am, and still did not know if she did at 6:30 am today.

I was slightly embarrassed to say, I did not know the answer, but I did look it up in online once I got back to my office in Green Bay (we did have power) and if I don’t know I am many of those 64,000 people do not know either?

Food Safety Tips:

Perishable foods including milk, meat and eggs should not be stored above 40 degrees for more than 2 hours. If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you don’t need to be concerned, but you should know how to save your food when the refrigerator is out for longer periods of time. Being prepared can help. By planning ahead, you can save your perishables and safeguard your family’s health.

Go to: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/food-safety for additional food safety tips. Now you and I both know!

Remember, if you or a family member was impacted and displaced from the storm, to contact your local Red Cross at 920-468-8535 to see where we might have shelters open, or to receive emergency assistance.

Are YOU Prepared if This Happened to YOU??

30 Neenah homes, businesses lose water service

Neenah crews work on the water supply, Aug. 5, 2013, in an area of the city where coliform bacteria was found. Photo courtesy WLUK/Chad Doran

The American Red Cross will have water available for residents affected by the water shut off until they are able to get water back into their home.  If this happened to you, would you be prepared?

The Red Cross is here to make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be for potential disasters and other emergencies. These events can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference.

Be Red Cross Ready Checklist

To learn more about disaster planning or to download our Red Cross preparedness apps go to:   http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps

Shopko Foundation Receives the Corporate Benefactor Award!

The American Red Cross mission is to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever we are needed. Our network of nearly 600 chapters further our mandate in neighborhoods across the country by helping people prepare for, prevent and respond to emergencies. Chapter workers are on the ground 24/7, right here in Northeast Wisconsin, thanks to the generosity of corporate partners.

Corporate partnerships ensure a local Red Cross presence ready to offer a wide range of disaster services including response to house fires and other local emergencies, providing food, shelter and comfort to those in need.

In Northeast Wisconsin, our dedicated disaster volunteers respond to nearly 200 disasters annually. And nationally, we respond to nearly 70,000 disasters annually, including home fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and ice storms. In the past eight months alone, over 50 Northeast WI workers were deployed to support large scale operations including Superstorm Sandy and the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. In an average year, the American Red Cross will spend approximately $400 million in disaster relief across the country.

As you can imagine, major financial resources are needed to address these needs. That’s why we are so grateful for the help of loyal friends like the Shopko Foundation. In the past 13 years, the foundation has provided over $180,000 to disaster relief bringing comfort and relief to thousands, during what is in many cases a family’s most challenging time.

In a recent statement, Shopko Interim CEO, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer stated,

“Shopko views each community where we serve our customers as our ‘hometown’. We appreciate the opportunity to serve these communities and strive to strengthen them through the Shopko Foundation’s support of charitable groups and activities that are important to the people who live and work there.  We are committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for our neighbors in all the communities where we serve and strive to make an impact through the Shopko Foundation.”

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Program Manager, MIchelle Hansen & Public Relations Tara Zeller from Shopko Foundation with the Corporate Benefactor Award!

We would like to congratulate this year’s Corporate Benefactor Award to the Shopko Foundation.