Red Cross offers cleanup kits

FOX 11 – Published : Thursday, 03 May 2012, 2:56 PM CDT

OSHKOSH – The  Northeast Wisconsin Red Cross chapter is offering residents free cleaning supplies. The Red Cross says residents can pick the supplies up at any time during normal business hours.

“We have cleanup kits at our office here on Washburn Street. And individuals can stop on by if they had flooding in their basements, or whatever. And we have bleach and other sorts of cleaning products in these kits that they might need to help with their cleanup process,” said Nick Cluppert, Red Cross.

The Red Cross asks that if you need a kit to call ahead. That number is (920) 231-3590.

State Farm Donation Supports Local Red Cross

A generous donation to the Northeast Wisconsin Region of the American Red Cross was recently received from State Farm Insurance. The $5,000 gift was approved after heavy rains started causing widespread flooding in mid-July. The funds purchased residential clean-up kits, which were presented to homeowners and renters throughout affected neighborhoods.


The clean-up kits were given – at no charge; as all Red Cross disaster assistance is free – to flood victims. The clean-up kits are packed with a variety of cleaning supplies, including brooms, a mop, squeegee, rubber and work gloves, Clorox bleach, various disinfectants and more. The importance of these kits is that they assist with the clean-up and help prevent mold from developing.


Throughout the region, Red Cross volunteers and staff distributed the clean-up kits at central pick-up locations and went door-to-door through affected areas after heavy rains and rising rivers began on July 14.


“State Farm is committed to helping people recover from unexpected events that can happen without warning,” said Elizabeth Tharp, Vice President of Agency for Wisconsin. “By supporting the Red Cross and providing clean-up kits to the community, we are able to help area residents affected by the recent flooding recover as quickly as possible.”


“When we present clean-up materials to someone who has water in their home, their eyes light up. They are so appreciative of the work of the American Red Cross while we can’t do this without valuable partnerships and financial contributions from companies such as State Farm Insurance. We are very grateful for their local support,” gleamed Steve Hansen, the Northeast WI Region Chapter Executive. 


About American Red Cross:

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of four Chapters serving 20 counties by providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. This regional grouping strives to maintain both consistency and momentum in serving this purpose across the multiple Chapters including the East Central Wisconsin, Lakeland Chapter, Outagamie and Scenic Shores Chapter. See for details.


About State Farm®:
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm’s 17,700 agents and more than 67,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – almost 79 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of ces. State Farm is ranked No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit® or in Canada®. 

Red Cross Volunteers Respond to Help Local Flooded Residents

Learn what the American Red Cross Southeastern Chapter has done to help those affected by the floods

This photo was taken at about 6 pm in front of my house on West Chateau Place. on the western edge of Whitefish Bay. Photo Credit: Scott Sager - Whitefish Bay , WI

American Red Cross volunteers are responding to help residents affected by the local flooding. On Thursday night, volunteers opened three shelters and assisted approximately 100 people who stayed overnight. Shelters remain open at Glen Hills Middle School, 2600 West Mill Road, in Milwaukee and at our chapter office, 2600 W. Wisconsin Avenue, in Milwaukee.

To help those cleaning up their homes, volunteers distributed more than 700 clean up kits, which contain gloves, bleach and other supplies, on Friday. If you need clean up kits, please contact our chapter at 414-342-8680. In the coming days, volunteers will also be traveling into the most severely affected areas with clean up kits and food and water.

If your home has been flooded, follow these flood safety tips when reentering your home:

  • Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
  • Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
  • Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
  • If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
  • If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
  • Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • Contact your local or state public health department for specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area after a disaster as water may be contaminated.

How you can help

Help people affected by disasters like the recent flooding by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for disasters and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter. Internet users can make a secure online contribution.


American Red Cross Responds to Wisconsin Floods

Disaster volunteers working around-the-clock to help the people of Wisconsin

Jo and Chuck Patzer, volunteers, going door-to-door completing a damage assesment interview with Neenah resident Kim Foate.

WI, July 23, 2010 – Flood, fire and wind created a whirlwind disaster response activity for multiple American Red Cross Chapters across the state. Throughout Wisconsin, trained volunteers have traveled across the state to open shelters, distribute clean-up kits, conduct disaster assessments and support the emergency needs of those affected by the storms. Red Cross volunteers have also supported emergency crews with water, Gatorade, snacks and shelter.

All disaster assistance is free. For instance, clean-up kits are being distributed at Red Cross offices as well as by volunteers going door-to-door. Each kit includes a variety of clean-up items such as a squeegee, mop, bleach, gloves, and more.

Please consider making a donation to our National Disaster Relief fund to help the people affected across the state of Wisconsin. Three ways to donate include:

  • Visit to donate online
  • Call 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • Or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation

Help people affected by disasters like the recent floods and tornadoes by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for disasters and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

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 or join our blog at

Red Cross Volunteers Looking for Relief

By Sarah Thomsen, WBAY – Click HERE for video of story:

As the recent storms continue to pelt Northeast Wisconsin, it’s putting a strain on a group of volunteers that’s always there as soon as the severe weather passes.

Since June 15th we’ve seen flooding from Fond du Lac to Black Creek to Green Bay and wind damage and hail from Crivitz to Appleton.

And after each of these storms, American Red Cross volunteers were called to action.

“In the past two weeks we’ve had 70 volunteers that participated in helping people in need,” Steve Maricque, executive director of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter said.

Volunteers don’t abandon one area when severe weather hits somewhere else.

There were still crews in Wittenberg Wednesday after Tuesday’s damaging winds, and the flooding problems in Black Creek and the Fox Valley haven’t disappeared, either.

All these storms are stretching volunteers thin.

“It is a strain on them because of the amount of time and effort that goes into it, so we’re always looking for good people that want to help, that want to be trained,” Maricque said.

Not only does the local Red Cross chapter need volunteers, it also needs donations to help replenish the supplies they’re going through so quickly.

“We provide a mop, broom, a squeegee to move water around.”

With flooding the biggest problem this summer, volunteers are going through a lot of clean-up kits.

“Just in the last two weeks we’ve gone through 128 clean-up kits, so we’ve got additional supplies that are ready in anticipation of rain that’s going to be coming again tomorrow.”

Emergency Crews Prepared for Another Round of Rain

By Jason Zimmerman, WBAY-TV2  – click HERE for Video of Story

Firefighters in Black Creek were busy since Monday afternoon’s storm assisting in a massive clean-up effort — fighting off almost three inches of rain that hit in a span of just 30 minutes.

Crews went through neighborhoods pumping water out of basements and low-lying areas.

“What we did is, we sent out a city watch. It’s a program of the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, and they called every residence in the village of Black Creek to let them know if their basements are filled with water that they should call the Black Creek Fire Department and we will send a crew out to help them,” Fire Chief Scott Yahle said.

Dozens of donated pumps were dropped off at the fire department for distribution. Sandbags were filled and placed on pallets if they were needed to hold back flood water.

Firefighters responded to about two dozen houses where flooding was an issue. Many of those residents were extremely grateful.

“It just got overwhelmed and went over the top of the sump pump,” Jeremy Kling said.

At the village hall, flood kits were begin handed out to assist in the clean-up.

“Those flood kits the Red Cross hands out have a mop and a broom, some brushes, some sponges, bleach, detergent, so basically the stuff you would need once the water leaves your basement, you could use to clean it up,” Outagamie County Emergency Management Director Christina Peters explained.

Since the village drains took on so much water Monday, firefighters say it could take at least another 24 hours to dry out — and that’s after the rain lets up.

Any residents in Black Creek with flood-damaged items can put them on the curb. The village plans a pick-up on Wednesday and Thursday.

Flooding in Black Creek Closes Highway 54

To view video of WBAY NEWS STORY: Click HERE

Photos from Jeanne Carrier

Streets turned to rivers and basements became swimming pools after a storm rolled through Black Creek, dumping heavy rain on the town.

A street worker tells Action 2 News they recorded 2.8 inches of rain in 20 minutes.

The storm that caused the flooding popped up just before 11:30. StormCenter 2’s VIPIR showed the storm made its way through Outagamie County around noon.

The storm was able to cause so much flooding because it was only moving around ten miles an hour, allowing rains to build up.

Highway 54 west of Black Creek will be closed for several hours because of the water, the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department says.

Normally, rain collects west of the village and drains to the north, but not this day. At four o’clock there was still three or four feet of water on the roadway even though most of the standing water around the rest of the town had drained away.

Other parts of the village that were submerged were closer to downtown. Forest Road, Main Street, and Birch Street were all under water.

The water was about three feet deep in the road, coming up to the foundations of some of the homes. One person described the water as having whitecaps.

Photos from Jeanne Carrier

Late Monday afternoon the village police chief gave us an update, saying about two dozen homes have basement flooding. We’re also told a chiropractor’s office was flooded.

“Made a comment that we had a river on our road and that it kept working its way back to the back of the house, and we had a lake. The water kept growing and increasing,” Mason Rehl said.

Power was out in a few spots.

Firefighters went door-to-door to make sure people were safe.  The American Red Cross came out with flood kits. Outagamie County Emergency Management brought pumps and made sure people have the tools they need to start cleaning.

“Emergency Management and the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department brought in a truckload of sandbags that are already pre-filled. We have them on standby in case it gets worse,” Fire Chief Scott Yahle said.

Although there isn’t even a puddle left in town, firefighters and emergency crews are busy preparing for another possible storm Monday night.

We’ll have live reports from Black Creek tonight on Action 2 News.