Written By Sarah Kloepping for the Herald Times
Area business representatives were able to experience what disaster victims would go through if they went to the American Red Cross for aid.
The Red Cross office in Manitowoc held an experiential lunch Wednesday where participants “checked in” to a makeshift shelter, receiving what real-life victims would get upon arrival: two blankets and a comfort kit filled with personal hygiene items.
“A lot of these people are in a state of shock,” said Joel O’Connell, a Red Cross volunteer who was assisting with the simulation. “It really tears you up to see what these people have to go through sometimes. You’d be surprised how traumatic this is to some people.”
During the event, participants were given a tour of the Manitowoc office and vehicles used at a disaster site. A lunch similar to what victims would receive from the Red Cross also was provided.
“We don’t use this stuff everyday. We often don’t use this stuff every year,” said Travis Waack, a regional disaster services director for the Red Cross. “But we have to have it, because we never know when Manitowoc is going to become the next Joplin, Mo. It could happen any day. And we’re ready.”
Waack said the most responded to incidents are residential fires.
Two Rivers Fire Chief Scott Schneider said the city has utilized the Red Cross several times throughout the years.
“Because there has been total house loss and the occupants need some other assistance,” he said. “Either it’s housing for a couple of days, clothing, food, shelter that they’re looking for.”
Schneider said he is used to working with Red Cross for the single-family incidents, but was surprised to learn of the all the other aid the local chapter can provide if needed.
“I see what Red Cross does on a national scale when there is a disaster and they show a gymnasium full of cots and the shelter that’s provided … but I guess I wasn’t aware that we here locally have that capability to provide those services. That was an eye-opener for me.”
The Red Cross, which is a nonprofit agency without federal assistance, responds to an average of 70,000 disasters nationwide every year.
“We have one of the most robust disaster technology teams of any public safety agency in the country,” Waack said. “I can guarantee you that.”
Between July 2010 and June 2011, the Red Cross responded to 972 incidents in Wisconsin.
“We’re all about keeping prepared so when there is a disaster, we’re ready to respond. It really is that simple,” said Cindy Vana, Red Cross director of development.
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)
The Red Cross can have an impact on anyone’s life at any time, and this concert is to remind people of that. From CPR and lifeguard classes to blood donations and disaster services, the Red Cross helps people directly or indirectly each year. Come to the concert to hear and share stories and enjoy Rob’s music!
Who: UWGB Students and Staff and open to the community
What: Rob Anthony Red Cross Awareness Concert
Where: Common Grounds Coffee House at UWGB
When: Wednesday, March 28th 7:00-9:00pm
Why: To listen to great music and create awareness for the Red Cross!
Check out more about Rob and his music at: http://www.robanthonymusic.com/
Snacks and cookies will be provided at the concert!
Hope to see you there!
Congratulations to Jim Van Lannen on being the 2012 Community Service Achievement Award Winner by the Pulaski Area Chamber of Commerce. Jim is a ten year volunteer driver for the Red Cross. Jim was honored at a luncheon on March 18 at the Rock Gardens in Green Bay with a room full of friends, family and community members.
Green Bay Press Gazette – March 23, 2012
Four adults were displaced this morning after a basement fire at 1221 Cass St. on Green Bay’s east side.
Firefighters responded at 8:52 a.m. to smoke coming from the one-story home, said Green Bay fire Battalion Chief Paul Arvey.
The fire was contained in the basement within 15 minutes and the home was mostly damaged by smoke, he said. No one was injured.
A man on the scene said he was in the basement when the fire began and he believes it started in a furnace.
The property is owned by Gloria Stache and valued at $70,500, according to Brown County online land records.
The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is assisting the displaced residents, Arvey said.
Cass Street was closed one block from Roosevelt Street to Irwin Avenue while crews were at the scene.
The Brown County Fire Investigation Task Force is assisting.
I’m excited to be part of the team at the American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin! I’ve called this corner of the world home my entire life. I grew up in Fond du Lac and moved to the Green Bay area in 2005. Prior to becoming the Special Events Coordinator here, I worked in the broadcasting industry. That includes 10 years of radio in Fond du Lac at KFIZ-AM, four years of radio in Green Bay at WTAQ-AM/Midwest Communications and four years of television at WBAY-TV.
During my time at WBAY-TV I was able to attend several of the American Red Cross “Dancing with the Stars” events. It’s a very successful and entertaining fundraiser and I’m looking forward to helping plan, coordinate and execute that event as part of my new job. My first two weeks have been great! My team members are very helpful and the volunteers are amazing! I applaud their dedication to such a worthy cause.
When I’m not working I’m spending time with my three-year-old daughter Calleigh Mae. She is my life and I love her very much.