Globe University- Wausau campus Medical Assistant students participated in the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes & Adopt a Deployment program.

We Salute Globe University- Wausau Campus Medical Assistant Students

Globe University- Wausau campus Medical Assistant students participated in the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes and Adopt a Deployment programs this winter. Students created handwritten cards, and collected food, snacks, personal hygiene items and games for shipment to troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Djibouti (Africa). Students used funds raised by their student club to pay for shipping of these items. We salute these students for “Giving Something the Means Something” to show support of our members of the Armed Forces, Veterans or their families.

Left to right on the picture: Mike Kranzusch (Campus Director), Amanda Cnare (MA student), Maggie Spulak (MA Student), Wendy Savage, Julie Krizan, (MA Instructor and Healthcare Management Program Chair), Kerry Miller-Mouzon (MA Program Chair), Dr. Debra Tetting, (Dean of Education), Mahad Jama (MA student)

Globe University- Wausau campus Medical Assistant students participated in the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes & Adopt a Deployment program.
Globe University- Wausau campus Medical Assistant students participated in the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes & Adopt a Deployment program.
Treats for Troops Project U of W Whitewater filling out custom forms and address labels 2014

Creating a Continuum of Care

The Veterans Council at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater has worked hard to build a Veterans Lounge, provide support to Veteran students, develop awareness of Veterans issues and honor both student and local Veterans. This month, they decided to host a Canteen Items drive for the American Red Cross deployment offices. With exceptional planning, they provided a large” if it fits it ships” boxes from the post office to students, university departments and offices and anyone that wanted to participate. With a list of items needed provided by National Headquarters of the American Red Cross, the drive began. On March 19, they collected the boxes, prepared them for shipping by sealing the boxes and filling out the custom forms, and mailed 78 boxes to the American Red Cross offices in Afghanistan, Kuwait and North Africa. This was the largest shipment from one organization in Wisconsin to the American Red Cross overseas offices. They hope to beat this record next year by collecting and shipping over 100 boxes. The American Red Cross Western Wisconsin Region is very appreciative for all their support.

Treats for Troops Project U of W Whitewater filling out custom forms and address labels 2014
Treats for Troops Project U of W Whitewater filling out custom forms and address labels 2014
Boxes of treats for troops program Whitewater 2014
Boxes of treats for troops program Whitewater 2014
ROTC Soldiers, Veterans, and Whitewater Universtiy staff packing boxes for shipment 2014
ROTC Soldiers, Veterans, and Whitewater Universtiy staff packing boxes for shipment 2014
Joyce Rosenow, Red Cross SAF Volunteer filling out mailing labels for Treets for Troops box drive at Universtiy of Wisocnsin Whitewater 2014
Joyce Rosenow, Red Cross SAF Volunteer filling out mailing labels for Treets for Troops box drive at Universtiy of Wisocnsin Whitewater 2014

Wayne MacDonald Casework Class
Wayne MacDonald Casework Class

Wayne MacDonald started his work with the American Red Cross over 9 years ago providing casework support to the Service to the Armed Forces Program. An Air Force Veteran himself, Wayne wanted to support military family members going through a family crisis. In his first days with Red Cross, Wayne interviewed families, gathered information, verified the family emergency, wrote and sent the messages to the Red Cross offices on military bases worldwide. Today he provides family follow up to casework completed by our Emergency Communication Centers. When the SAF Manager needed a volunteer to assist with training and supporting new caseworkers, Wayne stepped right up. He co instructed a casework class with the SAF Manager at the October training institute and has taken the lead on preparing a new group of casework volunteers this spring. On top of this Wayne provides Get To Know Us Before You Need Us predeployment briefings to National Guard and Reserve Units preparing for overseas deployments. He also has assisted with Canteens at Reserve and Guard family day events. Wayne’s dedication, can do attitude and professionalism defines the Red Cross volunteer spirit.

Colorado Floods 2013

American Red Cross New Flood App Can Save Lives

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By Jody Weyers, Director of Volunteers and  Communications, Northeast Wisconsin

September 2013, I saw first-hand the devastation that can happen from flooding and flash floods. I was deployed to Denver, Colorado to assist in Disaster Public Affairs and worked with a professional photographer and his assistant.

We talked directly with the clients impacted and over and over, I heard the same stories of how fast the water came rushing up to their homes and they barely had enough time to escape or had to be rescued. I also saw the devastation all around from roads buckled from the rushing waters, to parks once filled with children playing, that now looked like lakes, to seeing water up to the steps of homes.

I was there when one family was going back into their home for the first time after five days to see if there was anything worth salvaging. You could see the water-line up to the middle of the garage door. We had breathing masks on because of the mold and mildew that set in after the flood waters had receded. The floor was covered with brown silt. These are just some of the images that will remain with me when I think of flooding.

Did you know that floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States?
The American Red Cross developed its new Flood App to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.

This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device.

The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed. Other features include:

  • One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to send a message letting family and friends know that they are out of harm’s way;
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm to let others know where you are;
  • Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
  • Real-time recovery resources for returning home and cleaning up; and
  • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

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The app is the latest in the series of Red ross emergency preparedness apps that put lifesaving information right in the hands of people whenever and wherever they need it. The expert advice in Red Cross apps, which also include apps for First Aid, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and other services, has been used to help save lives during disasters and medical emergencies. Red Cross apps have been downloaded on nearly 4 million mobile devices.

The Flood App, along with the others, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps. Apps can help prepare people for disasters, but they are not a substitute for training. Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. People can visit redcross.org/takeaclass for course information and to register.

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Disaster Services in Wisconsin

March is Red Cross Month continues on and we shift our focus to the Disaster Services program of the American Red Cross.  The Disaster Services program area provides relief for human suffering by helping people prevent and prepare for and recover from community emergencies and large scale disasters – natural or human-caused.

Disasters can strike at any time and the Red Cross is there to provide hope and serve our neighbors in their greatest hour or need. During 2013, the Red Cross responded to 943 disasters in Wisconsin and assisted over 3,400 families affected by these disasters.  Food, clothing, and shelter are all essential to families who have been affected by a disaster. We also provide physiological support and comfort to those affected by the disaster. Whether it is a house fire or a tornado, the Red Cross gives generously to ensure a family’s wellbeing.

The Red Cross also acknowledges the importance of educating our communities on how to be safe and prepare for disasters.  Red Cross is building awareness for the need to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.   Red Cross has also released 9 Mobile Apps that put important preparedness information right into the palm of your hand.  Our mobile apps can help you monitor weather conditions in your area, provide you with tips to prepare your family and home for a disaster, give you information to find help and to let others know you are ok.

Red Cross disaster volunteers are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2013, the Red Cross of Wisconsin had a total of 1,619 trained Disaster Responders.  These volunteers spent numerous hours training and preparing so they were ready when called into the field. We could not help those affected by disasters without our dedicated volunteer disaster workforce.

 

 The Red Cross would not be able to do what we do without the incredible volunteer support and through the generosity of our donors.  We thank you for your support.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Rod Shaughnessy

Rod Shaughnessy, a Madison resident, has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross since 2002.  Rod has been a dedicated casework within Disaster Services for almost 10 years locally as a Disaster Action Team (DAT) Team Leader.  As a DAT Team Leader he meets with families who have lost their home from a disaster. Realizing that he enjoyed casework he also began volunteers as a Restoring Family Links Caseworker. As a Caseworker for Restoring Family Links (RFL), he has helped track down and find people who were missing from family members. The most common cases that Rod has worked on to find missing people are Holocaust survivors – either family looking for survivors or survivors looking for their family.

 

What does The Restoring Links Network Do?

The RFL Network helps individuals open a case to find a missing family member.  The most common example of this is after a large disaster, such as a typhoon, when family members are trying to check on the welfare of their relatives.  Since these are large scale situations, there are usually national systems established to support the inquiries.  Red Cross also assists in cases that are a much smaller scale.  Red Cross can help when someone from WI is trying to find out what happened to a family member lost during a war or other disaster in another country.  We can provide support to inquiries that date as far back as WWII.  The person here completes a request, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works with local Red Cross chapters across the country to get an answer.  At some point, which may be years later, the results of the search come back and the caseworker then arranges a meeting with the client to deliver the answer to the inquiry.  These are understandably very emotional moments.  This can be very satisfying work.

 

Why Rod volunteers for Restoring Links.

His interest in tracing people stemmed from a part time job he had in college as an investigator collector. Once he joined the Red Cross as a volunteer, Rod completed international tracing training and combined the skills he learned in his college part time job with his new found interest in international tracing. Rod admits to having a knack for finding people – he has assisted in searching for missing people in close to 50 international tracing cases – “It can be fun, in a way, if you like to sleuth.”

 

How does Rod accomplish tracking down someone?

Rod has searched for people through traditional methods like the phone book, archive records and also used online mediums like Facebook and LinkedIn. In one of the tracing cases he used personal connections, the Wisconsin Center for Vital Statistics dating back to 1906, the Governor’s Committee on Resettlement of Displaced Persons records, the Social Security Death Index, and archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

 

What does a case look like?

A few years ago Rod was given a case to find a man who had been searching for a family member who was a Holocaust survivor.  The case was originally started 20 years earlier and they had found the Holocaust survivor. Unfortunately they had lost contact with the man who opened the case.  As Rod started working on tracing, he realized the man who initially opened the case used to be his next door neighbor.  Through the help of this man’s children they were able to track him down south.

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Disaster Relief Services Overview

Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions. These disasters occur down your street and 1,000s of miles away from you.

The Red Cross was chartered by the United States Congress to “carry on a system of national and international relief in time of peace and apply the same in mitigating the sufferings caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods, and other great national calamities, and to devise and carry on measures for preventing the same.” The Charter is unique to the Red Cross because it assigns duties and obligations to the nation, to disaster survivors, and to the people who generously support our work through donations.

Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency needs caused by disaster. When disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and emotional health service to address basic human needs and assist individuals and families in resuming their normal daily activities independently.

The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers like fire fighters and police, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to disaster victims, and helps them access other available resources.

Our volunteers are an essential part of our disaster relief response. Volunteers respond 365 24/7 to help complete strangers deal with disaster. People count on the Red Cross to help them in their darkest hour. In turn, the support of donors makes it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its humanitarian mission. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations who invest in the Red Cross.

Our final donation total at the end of the Telethon on Friday, Nov 15. Thank you to all of your generous donations to help support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

November 2013: Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief Telethon

The American Red Cross supports international Red Cross Relief in many ways. This past November, the local Badger Chapter of the Red Cross teamed up with WKOW to help support the thousands who are suffering over in the Philippines. Red Cross volunteers answered the phones all evening accepting donations for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

Our final donation total at the end of the Telethon on Friday, Nov 15 was over 7,000 dollars. Thank you to all of your generous donations to help support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  The American Red Cross continues to send people, expertise, and equipment to support the global Red Cross network response to emergency relief and recovery all over the world.

Disaster Volunteer, Laura Frisque, wants you to call WKOW to support Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief.

Disaster Volunteer, Laura Frisque, encouraged community members to call last November during the  WKOW  telethon  to support Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief.Thank you WKOW for sponsoring this phone bank supprtring Philippines Typhoon disaster relief.

Thank you WKOW for sponsoring the Telethon supportring Philippines Typhoon disaster relief in November 2013.
 Tom Mooney, Red Cross Western Wisconsin Region CEO, being interviewed by WKOW at the 6pm news slot about the current relief efforts in the Philippines. The global Red Cross network is repsonding to the emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies. The American Red Cross is lending people, expertise, and equipment to this effort.

Tom Mooney, Red Cross Western Wisconsin Region CEO, was interviewed by WKOW at the 6pm news slot about Red Cross relief efforts in the Philippines last November.  The global Red Cross network responded to the emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies.
Phones are ringing with support for the Philippines!
Phones were ringing with support for the Philippines!

Busy answering calls!

Our final donation total at the end of the Telethon on Friday, Nov 15. Thank you to all of your generous donations to help support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Our final donation total at the end of the Telethon on Friday, November 15, 2013. Thank you to all of your generous donations to help support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
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