A Simple Message of Thank You…….

By Lisa Stanchfield, Program Services Specialist

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Thursday, May 2 we responded to a fire that displaced 30 people in Fond du Lac.

On Friday, during the day we had about half of those people, adults and kids in our back room until we could work with the family on where we were putting them for the weekend.

We gave the children coloring books to use, I rented some movies, but one of the things they like was drawing on the dry erase board. I found the message that one of the children left on the dry erase board rather touching.

These are the moments I really appreciate working for such a great organization.

Prepare for Spring Storms…… Or Winter Again

Tornado, Flood, and Thunderstorm Season nears.

Be Red Cross Ready – Last year, hurricanes battered the East Coast in less than three months prompting the Red Cross to mount its largest and most expensive response to a natural disaster in the organization’s history.

Thousands of people turned to the media for information on the storms’ paths and where to go for help. With predictions of another busy storm season on the horizon, the American Red Cross invites you to join us for a Preparedness Seminar.

Do this one simple step in being prepared - download one of the many Red Cross Apps to your phone!

Do this one simple step in being prepared – download one of the many Red Cross Apps to your phone!

Who:  Free to the public

What: Be Red Cross Ready– join the American Red Cross for a presentation about preparedness; learn what you can do to be prepared for the upcoming storm season.

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm    

Where: Ripon Public Library

Silver Creek Room

120 Jefferson Street

Ripon, WI 54971

Why: Learn –

  • How you can help be better prepare for the Spring Storms.
  • How the Red Cross helps people following a disaster.
  • How you can tap into Red Cross resource.
  • How you can become a Red Cross volunteer.

For more information on this presentation, or other information on preparedness, please contact Lisa Stanchfield at (920)922-3450, or Lisa.Stanchfield@redcross.org.

Red Cross Says Have a Happy and Safe Halloween

Take Steps to Keep Everyone Safe While Trick or Treating

Halloween is just around the corner and youngsters will soon be out trick or treating.As they get ready to collect their Halloween treats, the American Red Cross has tips to make this a fun and safe Halloween.

“Halloween is a fun time, especially for the little ones,” said Lisa Stanchfield, Community Preparedness Coordinator. “The Red Cross has steps everyone can take to make sure their Halloween is also a safe one.”

COSTUME SAFETY

There are steps parents can take to keep their little ghosts and goblins safe in their disguises:

  • Add  reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Use  flame-resistant costumes.
  • Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover their eyes and make it hard to see.

BE SAFE WHILE OUT AND ABOUT

To maximize safety for the trick or treaters, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood.

Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house:

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
  • Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

GREETING TRICK OR TREATERS

For those who expect to welcome trick-or-treaters at their door, they can make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips:

  • Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
  • Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the  porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain pets.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.

 

Red Cross Urges Everyone to Plan for Emergencies during National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and our local American Red Cross is encouraging all households to create a family disaster plan to make sure they are ready for the next emergency or disaster.

Plans should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, an out-of-area emergency contact person and a location where everyone should meet if they can’t go home. All members of the household should work together on the emergency plan and each person should know how to reach other family members.

“Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared is a family’s best defense,” said Lisa Stanchfield, Community Preparedness Coordinator. “Making a plan is an important step in making sure all household members know what to do in an emergency as no one can predict where or when disasters will strike. However, we know preparedness steps taken today can save lives tomorrow.”

Red Cross tools make it easier for people to make or update plans. The American Red Cross Hurricane App for iPhone or Android smart phones helps people create a plan, share it with household members and over social networks.

The Red Cross will be participating in a number of community disaster education projects including:

  • Daily, through-out September, we will post special safety & preparedness tips on social media
  • Fondue Fest, Downtown Fond du Lac, Saturday, September 8th 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • Town of Menasha Safety Days at the Fire Department, 1326 Coldspring Rd, Saturday, Sept. 8th, 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Wisconsin Disaster Training Conference

Our Northeast Wisconsin Chapter is hosting the Wisconsin Disaster Training Conference October 18-21, 2012 at the Gruehagen Conference Center on the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Campus. Courses will span several lines of Red Cross services during times of disasters. Two ‘Preparedness Education Leader’s Workshop’ which will provide tools and education to build preparedness skills in your community are on October 18th & 19th. Both long-time Red Cross volunteers and those looking to become involved in either community education, local disaster responses or larger disaster responses such as hurricanes, wildfires or earthquakes are invited. Conference details and registration information are available at redcross.org/newisconsin.

Other Ways to Get Ready

The Red Cross has several programs to help people, businesses, schools and communities be better prepared.

  • Be Red Cross Ready is an online tutorial that teaches people to be ready for emergencies.
  • Red Cross Ready Rating™ is a free, web-based membership program that measures how ready businesses, organizations and schools are to deal with emergencies and helps them improve their readiness level.
  • The Ready When the Time Comes program trains employees from businesses so they can be used as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes.
  • Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training courses provide participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed.
  • People can visit redcross.org for information on what to do before, during and after emergencies and disasters.

About the Northeast WI Chapter:

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. To learn more about local Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter headquarters at 920-231-3590 or visit http://www.redcross.org/newisconsin. Find us on facebook.com/newredcross, twitter.com/newredcross, the local blog is newredcrossblog.org and Chapter photos are at flickr.com/photos/newredcross.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org

Firefighters in the Park: Summer Safety Tips!

By Lisa Stanchfield, Program Services Specialist

While gearing up for the warmer weather and all of the outdoor activities that brings, remember to focus on safety.

The American Red Cross was proud to participate in Firefighters in the Park, sponsored by the Town of Menasha Fire Department held on Saturday, May 5th at their Valley Rd Station.

This event focused on summertime safety tips. American Red Cross had the “Wheel of Misfortune” at this event, testing the knowledge of the participants which ranged in ages from preschool to adult. They were tested on safety topics in the following categories; Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Floods, Fires, Water Safety, First Aid & CPR, Babysitting, and general Preparedness.

Let the Red Cross teach you how to be more prepared no matter what the emergency situation may be. For more information please contact one of our offices, or visit our website at www.redcross.org

Supporting the Gift of Life!

Marchant-Schmidt, Muthig Industries and RB Royal have combined to hold tri-company blood drives about every 60 days for the American Red Cross over the past year. Thanks to their support and others across the United States, the American Red Cross is able to respond to disasters both large and small and to provide blood for those in need.

To recognize their support of the Red Cross, Sherry Holmes, left and Lisa Stanchfield, second from right, presented Heroes piggy banks to Bruce Muthig, CEO of Muthig Industries, Jeno Thueck of Marchant-Schmidt, and Jim Neumann, CEO of RB Royal, far right.”, (Taima Kern/Action Publications)