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Red Cross Month Honors the Everyday Heroes in Our Communities

During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.

“Please remember those who help all of us here throughout Southeastern Wisconsin by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said Patty Flowers, Regional Chapter Executive. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, Veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

In just one fiscal year, our local Chapter responded to 415 local emergencies with trained Red Cross responders who are able to respond to disaster not just down the street but across the country. We assisted nearly 1,800 military members, their families and Veterans with pre and post-deployment briefings and emergency communications. We also brighten the holiday season for local Veterans and active duty personnel with our Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Through our Preparedness, Health & Safety services we trained thousands of people in both classroom and online courses in life-saving skills to disaster education. Throughout our area, people also rolled-up their sleeves to donate the gift of life. Throughout the state, we provide a safe and reliable blood supply for more than 40 hospitals and clinics.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it. You can develop a preparedness plan for your household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few,” concluded Flowers.

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested into humanitarian services.

The American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including:

  • Governor’s State of Wisconsin Proclamation to be announced.
  • US Bank will be lit in red March 1 – 15th to highlight their commitment
  • All Disaster Classes are free and open to the public:
  • - International Humanitarian Law course explores global relationships via the Geneva Conventions, rules of war, etc. (Saturday, March 16 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.) Milwaukee

    - Disaster Action Team (DAT) Camp: A tremendous opportunity to start your volunteer adventure with an overview, background and pre-requisite classes offered in consecutive weeks. The course schedule includes:

    - Disaster Services: An Overview (March 7, 6:00 - 9:30p.m.) Gives new and perspective volunteers an overview of Disaster Services and previews ways they can be volunteer.

    - DAT Casework Workshop (March 14, 6:00 - 10:00p.m.) New, locally developed course, highlights the process we use to document assistance we can provide clients following a disaster.

    - Psychological First Aid (March 21, 6:00 - 10:00p.m.) Course helps Red Cross workers identify and understand stresses victims may be facing following a disaster and how to help them cope. Also makes our responders aware of stresses they may be experiencing themselves when responding to disasters locally and nationally.

    - Disaster Assessment Basics (March 28, 6:00 - 8:30p.m.) This course goes through how we conduct Disaster Assessment following a disaster and also focuses on doing Disaster Assessment for everyday disasters, such as fires.

  • Participant at 46th Annual Governors Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security (March 7 & 8)
  • Wisconsin Disaster Conference participation (March 6 & 7) Wisconsin Dells
  • Tornado App roll-out: Starting March 4th, a free downloadable App will provide preparedness tips, define/provide watches & warning tips and more
  • MLK Day Outreach (previously postponed due to extreme cold temperatures) Saturday, March 23rd. Along with the Milwaukee Fire Department, Hope Worldwide and several service groups, we will canvass disaster prone neighborhoods with fire prevention information, participate in home safety inspections and distribute smoke detectors. Email to volunteer!
  • Blood Drives are hosted at various locations and at the 2220 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee donation center on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00-6:30p.m.. All blood drives are listed on
  • - UW-Milwaukee Student Blood Drive, Union Ballroom (March 12, 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Milwaukee

    - Kappa Alpha Psi Sickle Cell Awareness Blood Drive March 15, 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.) Hyatt Regency, 333 W Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee

  • Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us award winners will be announced. They highlight the best in our communities and the event is April 18, 2013.
  • Washington County Heroes nominations are now being accepted until March 15th.
  • Introducing Babysitting Basics a new web-based course with video and interactive activities geared toward children 11 – 15 years of age. This is a compliment to the traditional classroom training course.
  • Life-saving Courses like CPR/AED, first aid, babysitting, etc are being held in Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Bend and Racine. To find ALL classes & to register go to
  • Our Services to Armed Forces support Yellow Ribbon Events for our enlisted military members and their families with “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us” presentations to reintegration services and/or information booths.
  • - March 2, MI National Guard 1432nd Engineering Company, Kingsford, Michigan

    - March 9, WI National Guard 372nd Engineering Company, Milwaukee

    - March 10, WI National Guard 1157th Engineering Company, Appleton

    - March 21 WI State Warrior Summit Exhibitor, Milwaukee

    - March 24 WI National Guard 121st Field Artillery & 97th Agri-Development Team, Elkhart Lake, WI

  • When filing Wisconsin State Taxes, this is the second year you can use the donation ‘check-off’ to give directly to American Red Cross disaster relief
  • Dine for Disaster participants are being recruited! Eateries, of all types, are being recruited so we can all eat/drink and socialize at their locations on May 16th with a percentage of sales raised donated to local disaster relief.
  • Introducing: This blog will highlight our volunteers, partners and clients through stories and photos.
  • Southeastern WI Chapter: The American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter serves eight counties with a mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter at 414-342-8680 or visit or via social media.

    About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; 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