Red Cross Invite to Community for Multi-Agency Resource Center Planning Session


Individual Client Casework in the MARC Platteville.

“One-Stop Shop” Offers Relief and Recovery Resources Post-Disaster 

When disasters strike the American Red Cross is at the forefront of local disaster assistance; now we are organizing a “one-stop shop” for disaster survivors by planning ahead with non-governmental, other non-profits, religious organizations, the private sector, etc., all to help communities recovery. A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) is a one-stop shop to help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate assistance for their specific disaster-caused needs.  In a MARC, representatives from government, non-profit, faith-based and private organizations all come together under the same roof, at the same time, to assist disaster survivors. By hosting informational sessions, we will provide an overview of this collaborative effort, highlight why community partners should learn how & when a MARC is run, and how your organization can benefit from a collaborative effort.

Informational sessions will be held:

To RSVP please email Disaster Services Manager Nick Cluppert or call 920-231-3590.

The first MARC in the state of Wisconsin was opened after this summer’s Platteville tornadoes. Official MARC’s have been opened across the country since the Joplin tornado. One primary finding is that if a community understands the MARC concept, it will be a larger benefit to the community which is the reason why the Red Cross is hosting informational sessions prior to our next big disaster.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Girl Scout Troop Donates Infant Comfort Kits to Red Cross

When my cousin, Rachel, told me her Girl Scout Troop was interested in donating a gift to the American Red Cross, I immediately thought Comfort Kits would be a great project for them! After arranging the project with our Disaster Logistics Department, I sent the list of Infant Comfort Kit Items to their Troop Leader to purchase. The girls came in on Wednesday to put together the kits & had a blast while doing it!

Red Cross Disaster Action Teams provide comfort kits at local disasters when a family is unable to stay in their residence that night, and are provided emergency shelter from the Red Cross. They contain basic hygiene items; toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, washcloths, etc. Child and Infant comfort kits include items like baby soap, powder, wipes, and small toys.

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Girl Scout Troop #3011 proudly display the Infant Comfort Kits they made! A total of 70 kits were put together by the girls!

If your organization or place of work is interested in putting together comfort kits for the Red Cross, please contact Paul Fruit;, to get started!


JOIN US: Red Cross Experience


A natural disaster hits Southeastern Wisconsin. A tornado rips down a home, a fire burns everything to the ground, flooding sweeps away neighborhoods.

Where will you go? What will you do?

The Red Cross has food, shelter and even teddy bears for distressed children and on October 15, we want to show you just how good we can be.


in our Disaster Response Simulation!


a co-worker, family member or friend!


your own, unique scenario when you arrive.

Date:       October 15, 2014
Time:      11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place:     Washington County Red Cross Office
819 Schoenhaar Drive, West Bend

There’s limited space, so RSVP: by October 8 to:
Janean Brudvig by calling 262-334-5687 or via email.

Community Partners Build Disaster Preparedness Kits

By Mark Siggelkow, AmeriCorp Member

We will never forget the terrible tragedy of 9/11 nor will we never forget the care, compassion, service, and hope that followed.  Led by AARP’s annual Day of Service in partnership with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Bay View Community Center, Interfaith Older Adult Programs, and AmeriCorps Members from ReadyWisconsin built and distribute 1,600 disaster preparedness kits to seniors. In keeping with the mission of the American Red Cross to prevent and alleviate suffering, the disaster preparedness kits are the starting point for households to begin the preparedness process of gathering necessary supplies such as water, food, medications, and important documents before an emergency strikes.

United Way and AARP volunteers assembled the kits, including a flashlight, first-aid kit, whistle, and emergency supply checklist. Kits were then distributed to AARP members who responded to a mailing. Additional kits will be distributed via the American Red Cross.

Emergency kits are an important part of emergency preparedness as they can ‘go’ with you on a moment’s notice. If an emergency happens to your home or neighborhood you have important information ready to grab and go at a moment’s notice. People who are prepared in the face of emergencies and disasters are able to recover more quickly than someone who is not prepared.

What is “prepared”?

A good kit will have the following at a minimum:

  • Water – A gallon of water for each person, per day, for three days. For example, a family of four will need to have twelve gallons of water.
  • Food – Non-perishable food that does not need to be cooked is important. Following a disaster, there may not be any way to cook, so food needs to be “ready to eat.”
  • Medications – People with health conditions that require prescription medications need to have at least a week’s worth of medication on hand at all times.
  • Documents – Sometimes disasters will leave people with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. It is important to have copies of important documents, such as birth certificates, insurance cards, ID/Driver’s license, social security cards, auto titles, home mortgages, credit cards, etc.  Simply having a photo copy of these items can be the difference between a short interruption to one’s life or a long process of rebuilding your identity.

Go to the disaster preparedness kit section for more details about what to include in your disaster preparedness kit.

Finally, do not forget about pets. They will need to have food and water as well. Cats, dogs, and birds may need to travel with you during an evacuation. Make sure to have pet crates for smaller dogs, cats, and birds, and have your pet comfortable in using the crate. Make sure to have sturdy leashes for larger dogs.  For more information go to the Red Cross pet preparedness section.

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National First Aid Day

Communications Intern, Megan Ball

About three months ago, I was at work, behind the bar, helping the bartender catch-up. It was a Sunday afternoon, the bar was pretty crowded, and with the crowd came a lot of noise. Suddenly, one of the servers screamed to me, “Megan! That guy is choking!” I froze. Running through my head was the size difference between me and the man on the opposite side of the bar. What was he choking on? What was I going to do? I wasn’t sure. I learned the Heimlich (now the Abdominal Thrust), when I went through the American Red Cross’ Babysitting Programs. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up on it. The managers all wear headsets, so I started screaming into my headset for the other managers to get to the bar. It felt like minutes, but I am sure it was only seconds. I came around the bar and the man’s friend did an Abdominal Thrust once. The guy gasped for a breath of air, and suddenly couldn’t breathe. The server, who had screamed for me, is suddenly screaming “Do it again! Do it again!” and so he did. This time, it worked. Had I been more prepared, I could’ve helped the man much more quickly. As I replay the story in my head, my heart races. In the face of danger, I was so slow to move into action. Therefore, I’m taking a pledge to get retrained!

National First Aid Day is September 13th, the second Saturday in September.
The American Red Cross offers courses that will help to train and provide the knowledge should anyone ever be nearby in the face of a situation like mine. Classes include Babysitter’s Training, CRP/AED Training, First Aid/CPR/AED Training, and Adult and/or Pediatric CPR courses.

Classes that are coming soon:
Adult CPR/AED Monday September 16th from 6-7:30 PM in West Bend
Advanced Child Care Training with Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Friday September 19th from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM in Milwaukee
Babysitter’s Training Saturday September 20th from 8:30 AM – 4 PM in Pewaukee
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Wednesday September 24th from 9 – 11 AM in Milwaukee
Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED Wednesday September 24th 9 – 10:30 AM in Milwaukee


To find classes near you visit


You can also download the American Red Cross First Aid App for your cellphone!



September is National Preparedness Month

The American Red Cross has made it easier for families to develop an emergency plan! Would you be ready for the next emergency or disaster?  

Things can happen very quickly and sometimes there are only minutes to react. Planning ahead can help keep households safe. Having an emergency plan helps families be prepared for an emergency or large-scale disaster. You can visit the Preparedness section of to learn what steps your family can take when emergencies strike. You can also visit our information booth at the following community events.

  • 9/13 Menomonee Falls Safety Fair
  • 9/13 Porcaro Ford Safety Day Celebration
  • 9/19 Bruce Elementary School Family Fest
  • 9/20 Kenosha County Safety Fair   
  • 9/25 Resource Fair at VA – Zablocki Medical Center       
  • 9/27 St. Marcus School Health Fair           
  • 9/27 Harley Davidson Wellness Rally
  • 10/4 Safety Days Celebration – Wauwatosa Home Depot
  • 10/4 Germantown Safety Fair
  • 10/30 Miller Coors Employee Health and Safety Fair       

In the meantime, please take a few minutes to download our free RED CROSS APPS. Use the ‘Make a Plan’ feature in the apps to create an emergency plan and then share it with loved ones. The apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for Android by searching for ‘American Red Cross’. A Family Disaster Plan Template is also available for download to help make or update the plan.

Multiple Fire Survivor

“If it hadn’t been for the Red Cross, I would have been homeless – twice!” Henry Cole, a survivor with a heart made large by his boundless compassion for the suffering of others, expressed his gratitude, even after he fled his burning apartment building for the second time in his life.
“Thankfully, the West Tamarack Apartment Building’s fire alarms were fully functional. Many times, people pull the alarms as a prank, so I had decided to leave my apartment only when the fire department knocks on my door.”—The knock came.—“The door opened and water rushed in like Niagara Falls! A fire fighter grabbed my arm and out we went. ‘Not again,’ I said out loud. With a pacemaker, diabetes, going blind and just starting chemotherapy, this is such a stressful time.” But the Red Cross Disaster Action Team was on the scene, providing emergency lodging, food and emotional support for Henry and the other residents. “Being helped by the Red Cross, gives joy to my heart.”

Three years ago, Henry was renting a room at 18th & State. He heard screaming from across the hallway. “I opened my door and saw my neighbor lady on fire from head-to-toe. I ran for water while her boyfriend wrapped her in a blanket. I’ll never forget the image of her crisp skin. I could see in to her white bones. She passed away at the hospital a few days later,” Henry recalls with tears still in his eyes. “The Red Cross helped me through that tough time and with a place to stay, and money for food and clothing.”

When fire broke out at the 38-unit apartment building at 2025 W. Tamarack Street, Milwaukee, the building’s sprinkler system activated. There were no personal injuries, but nearly 20 people were displaced for more than a week. Many of the residents had functional needs, requiring additional assistance from health care professionals for their well-being. For Henry, the shelter became a tight-knit family, as he shares his golden smile and appreciation for the Red Cross team.


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