Red Cross Helps Arkansas Tornado Survivors with Shelter, Food and Relief Supplies

As severe weather threat continues, people should prepare and use free app alerts 

Tornado damage, Mayflower Arkansas 27April2014. Early reports and images show that Mayflower Arkansas suffered heavy damage.

The American Red Cross is helping people in Arkansas and several other states affected by Sunday’s devastating tornadoes.

More than 200 people spent Sunday night in shelters in Arkansas that were opened or supported by Red Cross workers. The Red Cross is also providing health and mental health services and Red Cross emergency vehicles will be distributing food throughout the affected areas.

“Our thoughts and sympathy are with all those impacted by these horrific tornadoes,” said Richard Reed, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services for the Red Cross. “Red Cross disaster teams are helping now and will continue to help for weeks to come.”

RED CROSS SENDS BLOOD The Red Cross provided several units of type O negative blood to two hospitals in Arkansas before the storm and supplied 40 units of plasma this morning to help treat those who were injured. The hospitals say they have a sufficient blood supply to handle the situation at this point. The Red Cross stands ready to assist with any additional blood needs. Anyone interested in donating blood should call 1-800-RED CROSS or your local blood bank to schedule an appointment in the weeks ahead.

The Red Cross also has shelters open in Oklahoma and is responding in northern Louisiana where flooding occurred after yesterday’s storms. Shelter and services also are being provided in North Carolina, which was hit Friday night by tornadoes.

SEVERE WEATHER NOT OVER The chance of severe storms is moving eastward today and could impact people in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Red Cross chapters in those areas are preparing to respond by readying shelters, supplies and volunteers.

support-american-red-cross-in-arkansas-disaster-relief-for-arkansasDOWNLOAD TORNADO APP People should download the Red Cross tornado app onto their mobile devices. They can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know they are okay and find the location of Red Cross shelters. The app also includes a high-pitched siren and warning alert that signals when a tornado warning has been issued, as well as also an all-clear alert that lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled. The Red Cross sent out 2.1 million severe weather notifications over the weekend through its tornado app for tornado and thunderstorm watches and warnings.

If someone needs to find a shelter, they can contact their local Red Cross chapter or access the Red Cross shelter map which is updated every 30 minutes with shelter locations by address, city, state and/or zip code.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting http://www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Elton Peterson – Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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Congratulations to Elton PetersonHeart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award Winner at the WPS Awards. The Heart of Gold Award is awarded to a volunteer whose lifetimes of service exemplifies notable achievement in community service! 

Elton Peterson has been a volunteer driver for American Red Cross Transportation Services since July 1993. During his almost 21 years of service he has volunteered 5,670 hours and has provided approximately 10,080 rides to clients over the age of 60 and/or disabled.

“I have had the privilege of working with Elton since the day he started,” said Tina Whetung, Transportation Manager. “He is a very dedicate and caring person who really enjoys helping others, without people like Elton this much needed service would not be provided.“

Elton is also an active volunteer driver with the American Red Cross Blood Services.  For the past 16 years, Elton has generously volunteered his time to help deliver blood and blood products to patients in need at area hospitals.   Over these years, he has volunteered hundreds of hours to answer the call when the need to get red cells to a hospital in need of blood products.  We are thankful and proud to have Elton on our Red Cross team!

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What’s your resolution?

photo 2It’s a new year. Time for putting the past behind and looking forward to the future. Time for resolutions. This year set a resolution you can keep.

Resolve to give something that means something. Make it your goal to give blood or platelets just one more time than you did last year. This small commitment of time could help save the lives of multiple people and you’ll get a tremendous feeling of gratification from doing more for patients in need.

The average blood donor gives less than two times each year. If everyone increased their donations by one, it would have a huge impact on our blood supply.

Happy New Year!!!

Give the Gift of Life this Holiday Season

Give something that means something.

This holiday season, the American Red Cross asks you to give something that means something. Give a gift that can help save a life. Give a blood or platelet donation.

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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.

Super Donor Days Volunteers needed!!

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Volunteers are needed for either Tuesday, July 2 or on Wednesday, July 3 for the two day Super Donor Days Blood Drive at Shopko Hall in Green Bay.

Tuesday, July 2   

  • 3:45pm – last donor passes through your area

Needed:  4 Donor room Aides

Wednesday, July 3 

  • 6:30am – 10:00am

Needed:  5 donor room aide and 2 refreshment

  • 9:45am – 1:30pm or last donor passes through your area

Needed:  9 donor room aides and 3 refreshment

Donor Room Aide – Work in the blood donation area wiping down the beds after each use, carry bins with blood bags to the MUA’s for processing, and escort donors to the canteen area

Canteen – Serve drinks and food to donors after their donation, monitor donors for post donation reactions

To sign up email Mary at mary.brunner@redcross.org or call 920-227-4240. Provide your first and last name, phone number, day, and shift time you would prefer to work.                                              

Friday Funny: GEICO Dracula Commercial

Today is World Blood Donor Day, a day to thank our volunteers and donors for their generous donations of blood and blood products. Blood will always be a need and a gift of life. Get your Nexcare special bandages when you donate blood at your local Red Cross center.

We hope your weekend is as Happy as Dracula volunteering at a blood drive!