By Nick Cluppert, Disaster Services: Regional Manager, Training & Development
There’s a new resource that is in our region that will be a huge asset when there is a disaster affecting a large number of people with functional needs. Thanks to the J. J. Keller Foundation and other donors we now have a “functional needs” shelter trailer that is housed at the Oshkosh Red Cross Office and loaded up with 60+ functional needs and bariatric cots.
The new cots are easier for someone that may be in a wheelchair to transfer on to, has a back that can raise up if someone can’t lay flat and has rails to prevent someone from rolling off the cot. In addition to the cots that are in the new functional needs shelter trailer each shelter trailer throughout the Eastern Wisconsin Region has at least two functional needs cots in them so there is something that they can start with if there is a need for the functional needs cots in a shelter that is opened up. If there is a greater need then the functional needs shelter trailer can be mobilized to bring in that additional resource to support that shelter.
It is important for us to be prepared and ready to respond, and through donations we are now even more prepared to respond and assist individuals and families in need following a disaster.