Brown County Do 1 Thing encourages individuals, families, and businesses to prepare for emergencies

By Anna Destree, MS, Brown County Do 1 Thing Project Manager

Do 1 Thing, based out of Lansing, MI, is an award winning and nationally recognized, web-based emergency preparedness program that enables individuals, families, businesses, and communities,  to prepare for emergencies.

In September of 2014, the Brown County Health Department, City of De Pere Health Department, Oneida Community Health Services, and Brown County Emergency Management, partnered together with local businesses and the Green Bay Press-Gazette to promote Do 1 Thing in Brown County.

Each month, Brown County Do 1 Thing features a Public Service Announcement with local organizations whose interests or goals are related to monthly Do 1 Thing topics. In March, Brown County Do 1 Thing partnered with Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive from the American Red Cross of Northeast WI Chapter to promote Emergency Sheltering.

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American Red Cross was a natural fit to help Brown County Do 1 Thing promote Emergency Sheltering. The Do 1 Thing goal for March is to know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter. Participants are provided with three things they can do to prepare and are asked to do at least one of them.

The three things in March are:

1) Identify the best place in your home to stay safe from storms and practice getting there with your family

2) Learn how to safely shelter in place

3) Make a “Go Bag” for emergency sheltering.

In addition to being better prepared, Wisconsin residents who participate by completing a Do 1 Thing task can enter at greenbaypressgazette.com/do1thing each month for a chance to win great prizes from partnering Brown County organizations. Just click on the “Prepare and Win” story and fill in the short entry form.

Prizes include a monthly drawing for a $50 energy credit/gift certificate from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and grand prize drawings including a $250 gift certificate from Festival Foods, a $250 gift certificate from Shopko, a $50 gift certificate from Kwik Trip, and a 7” Samsung WiFi Tablet from Cellcom.

To learn more about Do 1 Thing, visit www.do1thing.com or visit the Brown County Do 1 Thing site at www.greenbaypressgazette.com/do1thing

March is Red Cross Month, A Time to Recognize Everyday Heroes

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The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. For the American Red Cross individuals who roll-up their sleeves to donate blood, take classes so they are prepared to save a life in a health crisis, local disaster responders who help families affected by natural and man-made disasters and financial contributors are all Heroes as they allow us to support our local communities each and every day. 

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.

Throughout Wisconsin, our trained responders supported 935 local emergencies, assisted 4,433 military families and trained 99,588 people in lifesaving skills, plus 4,500 local blood drives support 44 Wisconsin hospitals.

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Red Cross Recognizes Everyday Heroes During Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month - Volunter datMarch is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to recognize the nation’s Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.

“Our local heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us, help others, throughout our communities” said Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director.  “During Red Cross Month, we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero!” 

For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

Here in Wisconsin, we respond to more than a 1,000 disasters (mostly residential fires) and we must be ready to respond 24/7/365. In addition to helping someone down the street, we send trained responders to hurricane, tornado and wildfire responses across the country. We teach kids to adults lifesaving skills, we roll-up our sleeves to donate blood, we even provide 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world.

‘Not all heroes wear capes and volunteering is a great way to be someone’s hero,” gleamed Weyers. “It’s easy, become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, give blood, or take a Red Cross class.”

A number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, includes:

March 4th – Blood Drive, Bellin Hospital, 744 S. Webster Avenue, Green Bay, 6:30a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

March 6thWe open our newest Nurse Assistant Training location in La Crosse. This brings our statewide total to six training locations with courses happening almost monthly. State Farm, Walmart and the Waupaca Community Foundation are funding student scholarships.  www.redcross.org/WINAT.

March 6th – Blood Drive – American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

March 13th – Blood Drive – American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

March 14th – Blood Drive – Bay Area Medical Center, 3100 Shore Drive, Marinette 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.

March 16thMembers of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Red Cross Club, Student Veterans Association and Americorps/Vet Corps will coordinate a King Veteran Home resident’s bingo and bowling outing.

 March 20th – Blood Drive – American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan, 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Facebook-Cover-Photo-event-pageMarch 27th – Dine Out For Disaster Relief – Bring your hunger to participating restaurants where a percentage of your sales will be donated to support disaster relief and life-saving preparedness programs locally.  www.redcross.org/dineoutwisconsin is presented by Society Insurance.

March 27th – Blood Drive – University of Wisconsin-Marinette Activities Room, 750 W. Bay Shore Street, Marinette, Wisconsin 9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

March 31st – UWGB Red Cross Awareness Concert with Rob Anthony playing at the UWGB Common Grounds from 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. 

ALL MONTH LONG:

  • Flags will fly over the Fond du Lac bridge.
  • Residents in Sheboygan County can receive FREE life-saving training thanks to a United Way partnership to make our families safer!
  • All Health & Safety classes can be found at http://www.redcross.org/takeaclass
  • US Bank ATM’s have a “donate” option for the Red Cross.
  • When filing your Wisconsin State Taxes, you can use the donation “check off” to give directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Every dollar stays in Wisconsin.
  • Donate the gift of life – give blood! Our Green Bay Blood Donation Center at 2131 Deckner Avenue collects blood four to five days a week and includes evening and weekend hours. Walk-ins welcome or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
  • To learn more about volunteering go to www.redcross.org/volunteer or contact Jody Weyers at 920-227-4287 or jody.weyers@redcross.org.