State Red Cross volunteers head east to New York to deliver food and beverages, help with disaster

By Charles Davis  Green Bay Press-Gazette

Jerry Prellwitz all ready and heading to help.

Jerry Prellwitz is making the 17-hour drive to Middletown, N.Y., to help people there prepare for Hurricane Irene.

“I don’t know what to expect. I’m hoping to get out there and find not much to do,” said Prellwitz, a volunteer with the  American Red Cross who also provided disaster relief earlier this year after deadly tornadoes hit Mississippi.

Prellwitz, 62, of Green Bay planned to leave Friday in an emergency services vehicle with Neenah-area volunteer David Mooney.

The vehicle mostly is empty, except for cases to carry food and drinks. They expect to be joined on the East Coast today by Red Cross volunteers nationwide, as well as volunteers from Manitowoc and Fond du Lac.

Mooney served in relief in two trips to North Dakota in response to flooding there.

“I guess I just like to help people,” he said, “and the people who are involved are just tremendous. A lot of them have been doing this for years.”

Prellwitz and Mooney expected to be gone for up to three weeks. Although Middletown, N.Y., is the immediate destination, volunteers may be needed elsewhere on the East Coast after Irene passes.

Nick Cluppert, emergency services manager for the American Red Cross of East Central Wisconsin, said Mooney is one of four volunteers from the region headed east in response to the hurricane.

Another Neenah volunteer will travel to Massachusetts and will work on shelter projects.

“The scary part is the path of the hurricane and the number of people it could impact. You’re talking about a very densely populated area,” said Steve Maricque, director of regional operations for the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Maricque said he was notified Thursday by Red Cross headquarters that volunteers were needed from the area.

Jerry Prellwitz, Red Cross volunteer, being interviewed by Charles Davis, Green Bay Press Gazette, Reporter.

In the event of damage, Prellwitz will help set up shelters and drive to areas to provide food and beverages as needed, Maricque said.

Mental health workers could also join the effort to counsel victims, Maricque said.

He advised those in the area to donate blood in anticipation of shortages.

It’s possible Hurricane Irene could drop to a Category 1 storm — with 74 to 95 mph winds — by the time it’s projected to hit the New York area midday Sunday, Tasos Kallas, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Ashwaubenon, said Friday.

“At that point, it would be more of a rain and waves swelling,” Kallas said.

Possible dangers then would shift from wind damage to flooding, he added.

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Local volunteers help prepare for Hurricane Irene

 

GREEN BAY – Local Red Cross volunteers are headed to the East Coast to help those in the path of Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene is predicted to be the largest storm to hit the East Coast in more than 70 years.

An Emergency Response Vehicle, or ERV, from Green Bay and another from Stevens Point will be leaving this morning.  A volunteer from Manitowoc will be flying out for Rhode Island today to serve as a damage assessment supervisor.

Jerry Prellwitz of Green Bay will drive one of the ERVs along with another volunteer from Neenah.

“I just want to help people,” said Prellwitz. “I just feel this is my way of giving back and if somebody can use my help, I’ll lend it and I’ll give it to them.”

In addition, more than 200 Red Cross mobile feeding vehicles are heading towards the coast to help people in the path of the storm. Dozens of shelters are being prepared all along the East Coast.

“The Red Cross is moving volunteers, vehicles and supplies, getting ready for a response effort that spans nearly the entire East Coast,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “While we’re getting ready at the Red Cross, we want everyone in the storm’s path to get ready as well by getting a disaster kit, making a family emergency plan, and listening to local officials regarding evacuations.”

Irene could affect blood collections along the East Coast at a time when the nation’s blood supply is already low. The Red Cross is urging those who are eligible to give blood prior to the storm’s arrival.

American Red Cross disaster preparedness starts long before a hurricane makes landfall. On average, the Red Cross spends about $450 million on disaster relief every year.

If someone would like to support Red Cross disaster efforts, they can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Red Cross Send Five People to Help for Tornado Relief Efforts in Mississippi

(l-r) Joe Gerrits, Judy Gregory, Disaster Services Director, and Jim Meverden signing their paper work to be deployed.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has dispatched five disaster volunteers, to Jackson,MS to assist with the April tornadoes that devastated so much of the south almost one week ago.

For this assignment all five volunteers are going out in bulk distribution, but may be reassigned once they get on the ground.

James Meverden of Green Bay, this will be his third assignment. He assisted back in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina & Rita and again in 2008 for Hurricane Gustav and Ike.

This will be the first national disaster assignment for the other four individuals.

Joseph Gerrits of Depere, said “I am very excited and nervous with anticipation for what will await me and I am very surprised I was able to sleep last night.”

Jerry Prellwitz, of Green Bay, commented that ever since he became a disaster volunteer helping on local assignments, he has waited for his chance to go out on a national assignment to gain that additional experience.

Donna LaPlante, of Little Suamico, is excited and really glad to be able to do something to help the people. “Of course, I am also very nervous,” said LaPlante.”

The final member going out is Thomas Kendall, of Green Bay.

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers and Contributors

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards Banquet June 22, 2010 at the Rock Garden in Green Bay. We were pleased to have 182 volunteers and guests attend the event sponsored by the Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance and Lyndahl Funeral Home.

 The officers elected to the Lakeland Chapter Board of Directors include; Eric Witczak, Nicolet National Bank, Board  Chair; Chris Vanderheyden, Double Digit Sales Growth, LLC, Vice Chair; Cathy Dworak, Green Bay Packers, Secretary, and Mike Gallagher, Schreiber Foods, Treasurer.

Following the annual meeting and dinner, the following individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding volunteer support.

L-R Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Amy Hess, Judy Gregory, Disaster Services Director

 Amy Hess, Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award for exceptional work in preparation and response to disasters in our community.

Rich Hermans, Earl and Viola Nelson Health and Safety Award for outstanding dedication to Health and Safety Services.

Pulaski Senior Center Red Cross Volunteer Drivers, Andrew Janssen Transportation Award for providing quality transportation throughout the community for seniors and those with disabilities.

 Janet Gollnick, DanceSport of Green Bay, Community Volunteer Services Award for dedication to the spirit and growth of promoting the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter and volunteerism in the community.

American Transmission Company, Corporate Benefactor Award presented to a business that has provided exceptional level of commitment and support of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Jeff Bassindale, Individual Benefactor Award for achieving an exceptional level of commitment and support financially for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Eric Witczak, Mrs.Crane (Mary) Murphy Award for exceptional contributions by a board member to the advancement of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Kimberly Sawyer, 2010 Miss Wisconsin, and Eric Witczak, New Board Chair and recipient of the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Board Award

Richard Nelson, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year Award for exceptional reliability and dedication to the blood program

Kalie Mullins, Pulaski High School, Teen Lifeline Award, designed to recognize outstanding leadership among the Teen Lifeline Representatives of the ten area high schools.

 Our Lady of Lourdes Blood Drive Callers, Business, Group or Organization of the Year Award, presented to the group for years of dedication to the American Red Cross Blood Services program

Curt Dhein, Tosca Ltd., Hillary Lesperance Blood Services Award for demonstrating extraordinary support and significant impact on the Blood Services Program

Jerry Prellwitz, Volunteer of the Year Award for demonstrating long-term commitment and exceptional work to multiple programs of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director, Jerry Prellwitz, recipient of the Volunteer of the Year, Judy Gregory, Emergency Services Director, and Tina Whetung, Transportation Office Manager

 The Lakeland Chapter serves Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee (WI), Menominee (MI), Oconto and Shawano Counties and is located at 2131 Deckner Avenue, Green Bay 54302.

 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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade – WLUK – Fox 11 Morning Show Segment

Bucket Brigade event Raises money for Red Cross

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Captain David Dellamann, Bellevue Fire Department and Jerry Prellwitz

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter is getting ready for its Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade.The event collects donations to allow the Red Cross to help disaster victims.

Red Cross volunteers and members of local fire departments will be at several locations in Northeast Wisconsin from tonight 5 – 8 pm to collect donations.

It’s a great chance for the community to learn about the partnership between the Red Cross and firefighters.

You can spot volunteers at the following locations between 5 – 8 pm tonight:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department and Austin Straubel Public Safety
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, by Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department

For a $20.00 donation people will receive this shirt!