Have you thought about becoming a Disaster Volunteer??

Volunteer, Chris Worm, from Fond du Lac, giving out water and sandwiches to those in need.

Volunteer, Chris Worm, from Fond du Lac, giving out water and sandwiches to those in need.

You have seen our volunteers out in the community helping for the recent tornadoes to hit Northeast Wisconsin.

Have you ever thought, “I could do that”!  Now is the time to put that thought into action. Learn more about what is involved and how to get started to become a Disaster Action Team Volunteer.

The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is offering two Disaster Services: An Overview courses in the Oshkosh and Appleton area. This class is a basic level training that provides an introduction to Disaster Services and the American Red Cross.

The purpose of this course is to provide information about ways participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. Participants will also learn about volunteer opportunities at their local Red Cross chapter.

When:  Monday, August 26, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Where: Oshkosh Red Cross Office, 515 S. Washburn St, Ste 201

When:  Tuesday, August 27, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Where: Appleton Red Cross Office, 1302 E. Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

How to register: Call or e-mail Nick Cluppert at 920-231-3590 or nick.cluppert@redcross.org

American Red Cross Blood Donations Low in July as Temperatures Peak

 Just a few additional blood donors at remaining blood drives could boost supply

OSHKOSH, Wis. (July 24, 2012) – With extreme heat keeping some donors at home and severe storms forcing the cancellation of dozens of blood drives earlier in the month, the American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for donors of all blood types. If at least two additional donors give at each blood drive through the end of July – above what the American Red Cross already expects to collect – the blood supply would be sufficient to meet patient needs.

Red Cross blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. Public support from the organization’s late-June appeal helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply. However, the mid-week Independence Day and extreme summer weather have contributed to a decrease in donations lately.

“We cannot thank enough the blood donors who have already rolled up a sleeve this summer,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We appreciate the support from donors in Wisconsin, and we’re encouraging all eligible donors who didn’t have a chance to give yet to step up and help patients by making an appointment, as well as those who gave earlier in the spring and are now again eligible.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United   States needs blood. As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is dedicated to ensuring that every patient who needs a lifesaving transfusion is able to receive one. In fact, the Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood each day to meet the needs of patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give this summer.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

7/27/2012, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm, Regional Red Cross Chapter Office, 515 S Washburn   St, Oshkosh

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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.

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.

Storms cause flooding in parts of NE Wisconsin

FOX 11  –  News  published : Thursday, 03 May 2012, 2:13 AM

photo courtesy Fox 11 Online

The storms are causing flash flooding in the city of Oshkosh. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department says the flooding is beginning to affect Highway 41 near the Butte des Morts Bridge and Witzel Avenue.Some streets on the North side of Oshkosh are also closing because of high water.The National Weather Service says some areas have already seen 2″ of rain.

Winnebago County is under a flash flood warning until 5 a.m.

Calumet and Manitowoc counties are under a flash flood warning until 6 a.m.

The National Weather Service says excessive runoff from this storm will cause significant flooding of small creeks, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots. The NWS advises: Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway.  The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. This is a dangerous situation, so motorists should use extreme caution. Report flooding to the nearest law enforcement agency so they may take appropriate action to close flooded roadways.  They will relay your report to the National Weather Service in Green Bay.

Do you know what to do if your community is hit with flooding or if your home floods?  Check out these preparedness tips – Click HERE 

American Red Cross Announces Nurse Assistant Training

The local American Red Cross is expanding its health and safety training to include a Nurse Assistant Training program to residents throughout the greater Fox Valley. The state-approved program prepares students to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in the state of Wisconsin. Classes will be offered every other month at the Oshkosh location beginning in March.

 When: March 12-29, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: American Red Cross (Tower West Building), 515 South Washburn St., Oshkosh

Clinicals:  April 2-5 or April 9-12, Monday-Thursday 6:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Bethel Homes, Oshkosh

State Exam:  May 3, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.

Class Size:  Class sizes are limited to 12-16 students per session. Early registration is highly recommended as it’s on a first-registered basis.

The comprehensive 120-hour course curriculum includes a classroom, lab and practical learning experience that offers future healthcare professionals the necessary knowledge and skills to provide quality care for elderly or sick individuals in nursing homes, hospitals and at home.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the number of jobs for Certified Nurse Assistants inWisconsinis projected to grow by 38 percent during the 2008-2018 time period, with an average of 1,000 job openings each year.

“We are seeing significant growth in the Wisconsin healthcare industry due to an aging baby-boomer population, which increases the need for certified nurse assistants, home health aides and registered nurses,” said Paulene Kipke, Certified Nursing Assistant Training Manager forEastern Wisconsin. “We’re excited to offer this training opportunity for those interested in starting a healthcare career. With the growing healthcare job market, these skills will always be in demand.”

Course topics include helping people stay independent; taking temperature, pulse and respiration; understanding and helping patients in pain; understanding human development; being sensitive to patients; improving communication skills; understanding medical terms and launching a career as a nurse assistant.

The Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training program is also available inGreen BayandWaupaca,WI.

Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, February 20 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. for those interested in learning more about the program.Toursof the classroom and lab space will also be available. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to register for a class, call (920) 231-3590 or toll free at (888) 231-3590.  

 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.

Second Graders at Franklin Elementary Honor Teacher

My daughter had the pleasure of being in Donna Forbes last 2nd grade class at Franklin Elementary School in Oshkosh. She shared her love of giving with our children. She volunteers many hours for the American Red Cross and for a retirement present we asked the children and families to give what they could. We raised $295.00. The picture is of the class presenting Mrs. Forbes with a surprise check to donate to the American Red Cross.

Sandy J.

Oshkosh

Thank you to Westside Tire in Oshkosh for being a Hero to the Red Cross.

In photo: (l-r) Dan Morrill, Chapter Board Member, Travis Duchatschek, Owner, Westside Tire and Steve Hansen, Regional Director