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Sun, Sparklers, and Safety

Red Cross Tips for a Safe Fourth of July Weekend

As you plan for the holiday weekend, you are probably thinking about fireworks, a swim in the lake, or a delicious barbeque. Corn on the cob, brats and burgers, sweet watermelon… (mmm, is your mouth watering yet?)
The American Red Cross encourages everyone to enjoy a safe summer holiday. Here are some tips to help you and your loved ones have a great weekend:

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Local Red Cross Volunteer Helps in Flooded Areas

[Published in the Stevens Point Journal on June 20, 2011]

Flooding along the Missouri River in North and South Dakota resulted in a call for Red Cross volunteers from across the country. North Central Wisconsin responded with an emergency response vehicle and trained volunteers.

Gretchen Seiler of Stevens Point traves to North Dakota to help in flooded areas.

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American Red Cross Urges Caution During Heat Wave; Children and Elderly are the Most Susceptible to Heat Related Illness

Wausau, WI, June 7, 2011 – When the dog days of summer deliver hot temperatures and high humidity the American Red Cross of North Central Wisconsin urges residents to take precautions against the heat.

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Prepare Now for Floods

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI, March 22, 2011 – As snow melts and spring rain falls across North Central Wisconsin, river waters are on the rise and, unfortunately, seasonal flooding is likely. The North Central Wisconsin Region of the American Red Cross urges residents to take steps now to stay safer when floods threaten.

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Pets in Disasters

This morning, Kayla Schmidt, Communication & Volunteer Director, spoke with Dave & Stacy from 95.5′ WIFC’s ‘Kallaway on the Rise’ about disaster preparedness, for humans and pets.

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The Red Cross Needs You! Be a Part of ‘Recovery’ 2011.

Help the blood supply 'recover' today!

You can help the Red Cross by giving blood now to help the blood supply recover!

With this latest round of severe winter storms, the Red Cross has been unable to collect blood in certain parts of the country, and has been forced to cancel over 750 blood drives and over 28,000 scheduled blood donations since January 1.   As a result, in this period blood collections are the lowest we have seen in a decade.

At any given moment patients rely on life-saving blood products. The need is constant – even in emergency situations such as severe weather.  The quickest help will come from local blood donors like you, who are able to give now!

The Red Cross urges people who are eligible to schedule an appointment to give blood now.  Visit redcrossblood.org now to find a blood drive near you or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross distributes blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the United States.  People have been responding to the call for blood donors, and the Red Cross is grateful to those who are stepping up to donate blood to help the blood supply recover to sufficient levels.

American Red Cross Assists Two Families Devastated By Fire

WAUSAU, WI, November 11, 2010 – At approximately 8:00a.m. this morning the American Red Cross was called to assist at the scene of duplex fire on 2nd Street in Wausau.

Red Cross staff and Disaster Action Team volunteers assisted residents of the fire, which occurred at 1404 2nd Street. Two families, a total of six people, were affected by the fire. An adult and child lived upstairs, and an adult and three children resided downstairs.

The American Red Cross is providing the families with their immediate shelter and food needs. The Red Cross will continue to meet the immediate needs of the families as they move forward after the fire. The families are seeking assistance from the public to move their furniture.

Members of the local Red Cross Disaster Action Team are volunteers specially trained in various aspects of disaster response such as client casework, disaster assessment, and providing food and shelter. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free.

For more information regarding the fire, becoming a member of the Disaster Action Team, or donating to the American Red Cross please call 715-842-2156.