Winds Rip the Area – Red Cross Teams Activated

Editorial note: The on-site shelter contact at the Florence Community Center is Chuck Lantz and he can be reached at 920-642-0246.

Oshkosh, WI., October 27, 2010 –  As unprecedented winds knock out power to several communities, the local American Red Cross Chapters are responding to incidents throughout the region. This includes the opening of a place to gather, warm-up, eat and sleep.

The Florence Community Center (Town Hall Building) at 749 Central Avenue in Florence, WI is opening as an overnight shelter. Late this afternoon, the Red Cross was notified of the need by local officials and began activating training disaster action team members to respond. With power currently out in the areas of Fence and Goodman and not expected to be restored until Thursday evening, volunteers and staff alike activated teams to provide emergency needs.

In Suring, Wisconsin the Woodland Village Nursing Home at 430 Manor Drive, is providing a safe, warm and comfortable shelter for those who have lost power. Three Lakeland Chapter volunteers are on their way to provide emergency needs.  

 All disaster assistance is free as a gift to the American people from the American people. You can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter at 515 S. Washburn Street, Suite 201, Oshkosh, WI 54904 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.