Press Release: Wisconsin 6.16.08

Red Cross Shelters are Closed but Services Continued to be Offered by FDL Chapter

CONTACT: Jamie Haack at Office: (920) 922-3450; Cell: (920) 922-3225

Fond du Lac- As of Sunday morning the Red Cross has closed all their shelters in Fond du Lac County and has begun client casework to offer further assistance to those who are returning back to their homes and cleaning up after this past weekends flooding.

Since Thursday evening the Red Cross has sheltered and fed over 300 Fond du Lac County community members at shelters at Fond du Lac High School, the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, and in Waupun. “The High School staff and administration were extremely helpful during sheltering and the facility was wonderful asset to our efforts,” said Peter Sensenbrenner, Executive Director of the Fond du Lac County Red Cross. “Thanks also go out to all the businesses who donated food for the meals that were served during sheltering, and to Agnesian for the cots and blankets that they provided.
As flood waters recede and clean up efforts are underway, the Red Cross has clean up kits available at the chapter office located at 272 N Main Street. The Chapter also stresses the importance of safety following the flooding, as contaminated floodwaters lean to a greater possibility of infection. “Be sure to wear appropriate protective gear when cleaning out flooded areas,” warns Jamie Haack, Red Cross Director of Communication. “Also remove items soiled with flood water as soon as possible to prevent contamination, mold, and mildew.”

Bulk trash pickup by the city begins on Wednesday and those wishing to drop off debris can find large dumpsters located at the former Pick N Save location on the corner of Scott and Doty Streets. Items can be placed in these dumpsters at no charge.

Elderly and those unable to do clean up efforts on their own can contact the local Red Cross office at 920-922-3450, and request assistance with flood clean up. “Some football players from Fond du Lac High School has volunteered to help those in need, and we are grateful for their brawn and good will,” said Haack.

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

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 or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

Finally, 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, 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

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

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