Lakeland Chapter sends volunteer nurse to assist with North Dakota Floods.

Bonnie Chapman (left - red shirt, white sweatshirt) with other members of the Disaster Team showing supplies given to families.

Bonnie Chapman (left - red shirt, white sweatshirt) with other members of the Disaster Team showing supplies given to families.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has dispatched Disaster Volunteer, Bonnie Chapman, RN of Green Bay, WI to Fargo, ND to assist with the 2009 Red River Valley Floods.

Chapman will be flying out Wednesday, March 25 at 3:00pm to Fargo, ND. She will be assisting in the area of Health Services. Chapman will be using her skills as a Registered Nurse to provide health care assessments to people affected by the floods staying in Red Cross shelters. If someone needs additional medical assistance that the shelter can not provide then they would be taken to a medical facility to get the care they need.

This is Chapman’s seventh national relief operation. She assisted in 2005 for Hurricane Wilma, Floods in Union Grove, WI in 2007, California Wildfires, Floods in IL and WI in 2008 and her last assignment was for Hurricane Ike.

American Red Cross Response Efforts:

As North Dakota residents prepare to fight potentially record flooding, the American Red Cross is digging in with them and getting ready for what could be a long disaster relief operation. The Red Cross is in a race against the clock to move food, workers, cots and blankets into Fargo before the floodwaters on the Red River crest as early as the end of this week.

“This disaster is not a surprise; it has been coming and we have been working with local Red Cross chapters and with the Canadian Red Cross,” said Joseph Becker, senior vice president of disaster services for the Red Cross. “But what’s not known is how fast the water will rise.  When it does, it could stay up for a long time and we want to be ready.”

Nearly 100 Red Cross workers are already on the scene in the Red River Valley to offer care and comfort.  Eleven mobile feeding trucks are providing thousand of meals and snacks to sandbagging volunteers. Another 20 feeding trucks will arrive over the next 48 hours.  More than 50,000 ready to eat meals are also on hand to feed sandbagging crews.

In addition, 12 volunteer teams will arrive in North Dakota by Wednesday to operate shelters, which could begin opening within the next 24 hours. Those teams consist of seven people specially trained in the logistics of running a shelter and providing health care and mental health counseling. Neighboring chapters are also sending trailers full of cots and blankets to help supply those shelters.  The Red Cross is coordinating all of these efforts with the governor’s office, as well as state and local emergency managers.

Lakeland Chapter sends two volunteers and emergency response vehicle to assist with North Dakota Floods

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has dispatched Disaster Volunteers, Diane Knutson of Sturgeon Bay, WI and Jan Traversa of Pulaski, WI to Fargo, ND to assist with the 2009 Red River Valley Floods.

Knutson and Traversa will be leaving Tuesday, March 24 at 8:00am and will be driving a National Red Cross Emergency Relief Vehicle (ERV) from Green Bay to Fargo. They will be assisting as a mobile feeding unit providing nourishment and support for the many volunteers and emergency personnel helping with sandbagging efforts and for those displaced.

This is Knutson’s sixth national disaster assignment. She has assisted for Hurricane Wilma, Wildfires in California, Tornadoes in Arkansas and Lakewood, WI and last year helped with floods in East Central and Southern WI.

 This is Traversa fourth national disaster assignment. She has assisted for 

9-11, Hurricane Katrina and last year helped with floods in East Central and Southern WI.

 

Dee Knutson, talking with WFRV-TV 5 about her up coming deployment

Dee Knutson, talking with WFRV-TV 5 about her up coming deployment

Jan getting emotional when talking to the report about her prior relief experiances

Jan getting emotional when talking to the report about her prior relief experiances

American Red Cross responds to house fire in Downtown Green Bay

p3110089p3110101p3110099The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter responded to a house fire that occurred on Monday, March 20, around 7:30am, in Downtown Green Bay affecting seven people.

Eleven American Red Cross Disaster workers assisted at the scene by providing immediate shelter for those displaced at St. Willebrords Church and provided water, coffee and snacks to the 40 emergency personnel.

Volunteers met with each client to assess and assist with their immediate emergency needs. Six of the seven clients were assisted with lodging and the other client had other accommodations. All clients received monetary assistance for clothing, meals and were provided comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion) and homemade quilts. We also assisted some clients with medications and eyeglass needs.

Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by community donations. You can help individuals of this disaster and others by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter’s local disaster relief fund. For information call the Lakeland Chapter at 920-468-8535 or visit www.arclakeland.org.

Thank you to the Pulaski FFA

Thank you to the Pulaski FFA member that helped make blankets
for the American Red Cross. These blankets will be given out to local families affected by disasters.

Pulaski FFA

Pulaski FFA

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Red Cross Honor Guard

 

With the support of Lyndahl Funeral Home, the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter introduces the Red Cross Honor Guard. This group of 45 volunteers was established to pay final respects to any Red Cross volunteer who has given of their time and talents to the organization.

“I can’t think of a better way to show our respect to a member of our Red Cross family than by being all together.”  Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director.   

We thank Lyndahl Funeral Home for their support of the program by purchasing red sweater vests for the group and by providing training for the honor guard members.

Red Cross Honor Guard

Pictures from the Heroes Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who came out on Thursday, March 5th for the kick-off to the Heroes Campaign. We appreciate your support in helping us reach our goal to continue programs and services in the Lakeland Chapter.Karma GrouprobMauree, Steve, Jodythe pigMauree speaking to the groupOur Heroes!

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