Press Release: Wisconsin

Fond du Lac Red Cross Here to Assist with Flooding in Fond du Lac County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jamie Haack at Office: (920) 922-3450; Cell: (920) 922-3225
The Fond du Lac Red Cross has sheltering available at the Rec. Center at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds located on Fond du Lac Avenue. The Salvation Army also has sheltering available for community members in N Fond du Lac at the Friendship Learning Center located at 115 Thurke Ave.

Red Cross Sheltering is available 24 hours a day with a required quiet time beginning at 10pm every evening. Meals are also served to all guests of the shelter. Last night 218 individuals were sheltered at the Fond du Lac High School and were provided breakfast this morning through a generous donation from Festival Foods. Those sheltered at the Rec. Center received breakfast this morning donated by Pick N Save.

The Red Cross will begin disaster assessment within the next couple of days to decide if further assistance can be given to those whose homes have been damaged due to flooding. Those with damaged homes seeking direct Red Cross assistance can call 1-866-Get-Info for more information.

The local Fond du Lac Red Cross also has clean up kits available for residents who have water damage and flooding within their homes. To request a clean up kit please call the Red Cross office at 920-922-3450.

Community members wishing to help out in the disaster relief efforts in Fond du Lac County can do several things. “The statewide cost of Red Cross disaster relief operations for the Midwest Tornadoes and Floods will reach a ½ million dollars,” said Jamie Haack, Director of Communications & Financial Development for the Fond du Lac Chapter. “All Red Cross disaster assistance is provided free of charge, so monetary donations from the public are essential for us to continue to provide our disaster services.” Generous individuals can donate to the Fond du Lac Chapter’s disaster relief fund or the Midwest Tornadoes and Floods disaster relief operation by sending their donations to the local chapter at 272 N Main Street, calling 1-800-Redcross, or by making a secure online donation at http://www.redcross.org.

Another way people can help is by donating their time to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Those who would like to volunteer in anyway can call the FDL Red Cross office at 920-922-3450 or contact the FDL Volunteer Center at 920-926-1414.

It is also important that people realize the need to donate blood. Summer is already a time when blood donation is low, when disasters occur the need for blood further increases. Several local Red Cross blood drives are scheduled for June and July with the most recent being at the FDL Armory on June 17th and 18th. To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit http://www.givelife.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

Finally, as rising floodwaters continue to destroy homes and threaten Fond du Lac County communities the American Red Cross urges affected residents to register themselves and their loved ones on the Safe and Well website. The Safe and Well website is easy to use:

  1. Visit RedCross.org, and click on the Safe and Well link
  2. If you are currently being affected by these disasters, click: “List Myself as Safe and Well”, enter your pre-disaster address and phone number, and select any of the standard message options
  3. If you are concerned about a loved one, click “Search” and enter the person’s name and pre-disaster phone number OR address. If they have registered, you will be able to view the messages that they posted.
  4. If you don’t have internet access, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register yourself and your family. Follow the prompts for disaster information.

Safe and Well is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is accessible in both English and Spanish.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help those affected by the Midwest Tornadoes and Floods and thousands of other disasters across the country each year, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make a donation.

To help support Red Cross relief efforts for this and other local disasters, financial contributions can be made to the local American Red Cross in Fond du Lac County, 272 N Main Street Fond du Lac WI 54935. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

The American Red Cross in Fond du Lac County serves the needs of people in Fond du Lac County and parts of Waupun.

 

***UPDATE 6.14.08***

There has been a change in the location where people can pick up Red Cross Clean up kits.  We have now received a shipment of more kits and they are available for pick up at the Rec. Center at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds

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