Each point on this map represents a local disaster that our Disaster Action Team responded to in a year. In Wisconsin, the American Red Cross responds to a local disaster – most often a house or apartment fire – twice a week.
Our Volunteers and Staff are on call 24 hours a day to assist local children and families who have lost their home to a house fire, flood or other devastating event. Children and families left homeless from disasters seek the Red Cross in their time of need. We are notified of a disaster by local first responders, community agencies, clients and/or families. We do not receive government funding for local disasters, however, we are chartered by Congress to provide disaster victims with relief.
When a disaster strikes, we spring into action - day or night. Disaster Action Teams provide comfort kits with hygiene products, emergency shelter, food and appropriate financial assistance. Disaster victims meet with trained Red Cross Caseworkers who work with each client individually to address their needs and help them towards long term recovery. We also link children and parents to housing assistance, social services and disaster counseling services. All disaster assistance provided is at no cost to the recipients.
Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and emotional support to address basic human needs.
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DAT members respond immediately to a disaster when called by emergency dispatch. Assess the scope of the damage and meet with the affected family or families to determine immediate disaster-related needs, and ensure that those needs are met.
The American Red Cross helps people in need every single day, not just during large scale disasters. With your ongoing support, we will continue to be there providing people in crisis with relief for today and hope for tomorrow.