Floods and winds created the need for 90 disaster responders to fulfill the emotional, health and disaster needs people come to expect from the American Red Cross after heavy rained caused wide-spread flooding damage across eight Northern Wisconsin counties with the sacred tribal lands of the Bad River Reservation being the epicenter of destruction.
The Red Cross provided the following:
- Opened an overnight shelter
- Spearheaded a Multi-Agency Resource Center, a one-stop location for disaster help
- Staffed two Emergency Operation Centers
- Integrated Care Team outreach after four fatalities
- 105 Health and Emotional Health contacts
- 690 Clean-up Kits distributed (bucket, mop, broom, squeegee, gloves, cleaners, etc.)
- 2,862 Meals and Snacks served
- 2,982 Distributed shovels, bleach, gloves, pet carriers and more
- Truckloads of bottled water was provided
“You could see on the people’s faces signs of hope because the Red Cross was there. I was so honored by the work our team was doing,” said Kyle Kriegl, Northwest Wisconsin Chapter Executive.
“Sometimes we don’t realize how we impact people’s lives and make a difference. One of the families we helped had a military spouse deployed in Alaska. Our team was able to connect her with our Services to the Armed Forces caseworker who was able to work with his command and have him come home for emergency leave to help cleanup and recover from this disaster. That is what the Red Cross is all about to me — helping people,”shared Kriegl.
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