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A little help from our friends

We couldn’t respond to disasters as effectively and efficiently as we do without the help of our friends – partners like Area Office on Aging, United Way, Columbia Gas, and Toledo Edison. There are countless others who have stepped forward during the past week to provide donations of water, money, and volunteers to pass out water to the most vulnerable in our community. Just check out the numbers below to see how much we were able to do in such a short amount of time: Infographic NWO_SEMICH water cropped Today, we’d like to thank a long time supporter and partner – FirstEnergy Foundationa and Toledo Edison. Their generous donation of $5,000 to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief allows us to respond at a moments notice when our community needs us most.

“In times of crisis, we rely more than ever on the American Red Cross,” said Linda Moss, regional president of Toledo Edison. “We’re proud to be part of this community, where our employees live and work and raise their families, and we’re pleased to be able to support our neighbors when the unexpected happens.”

American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio board member and Toledo Edison employee Richard Sweeney and Regional CEO Tim Yenrick

American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio board member and Toledo Edison employee Richard Sweeney and Regional CEO Tim Yenrick

In addition to supporting our disaster relief efforts this month, Toledo Edison works hand-in-hand with us during other weather-related disasters, and has been a long time supporter of our annual Oscar Night fundraising gala. Thank you Toledo Edison!


Coast Guard Auxiliary: Semper Paratus

When the Toledo area was alerted to the water crisis, the Coast Guard Auxiliary put in motion an emergency alert program within their unit. The Everbridge system notified members of the unit by text, phone and e-mail of situations and all who were available were directed to respond on Sunday to the Red Cross headquarters located at 3100 Central in Toledo. For three days, 35 to 40 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, under the command of Commodore Llornes Chenevert,  loaded trucks and delivered water to homebound individuals. On the  third day of the operation, the unit provided security operations and created disaster safety awareness packets.

Fairchild and Pam

Linda Fairchild and Pam Schwarzkopf

Commodore Chenevert

Commodore Chenevert

The units responding came primarily from Southeast Michigan and the Ohio Metro Toledo divisions of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The members of these units are all volunteers and range from 17 years of age to retirement. Many are veterans of various branches of the military but that is not a prerequisite for membership. You must be of age, a US citizen and pass a background check. The first year new members must take a series of classes including boating safety, health, and ethics as foundations for their training and work responsibilities.


Members creating disaster safety awareness packets


When not respondingto disasters and emergencies, the Auxiliary’s primary function is boating safety. This is accomplished by teaching the public boating safety classes, doing safe boat inspections, and providing patrols during heavy boating activities such as regattas and firework events. There is also an air wing of the unit that is manned by members with their personal planes.

Nelson and Bresnan

Nelson and Bresnan

Wunder and Cartlidge

Wunder and Cartlidge

We would like to thank Commodore Chenevert and his members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for the professionalism and great attitude shown during a time of need.

– This blog entry was written by Disaster Workforce volunteer Dave Morrow

When they called, I was ready


Red Cross workers, Cleve Daugherty and Pam Blum, while in Toledo, Ohio assisting with the water emergency relief operation.

A few years ago, Cleve Daugherty was in need of American Red Cross services after having a house fire.  He was so moved by what the volunteers did for him that he knew he had to be part of it.  A giving and kind person by nature, Cleve and the Red Cross were the perfect fit. Since joining the Red Cross, he has responded to 4 national disaster operations and countless local emergencies in his hometown of Charlestown, West Virginia. Today, Cleve is in Toledo, Ohio as an emergency response vehicle driver, providing community outreach and delivering water to home bound clients in need. Cleve said that there is a parallel between the Northwest Ohio water emergency and his most recent deployment to a chemical spill in Charlestown; in both locations clean drinking and cooking water was at issue. “When they called, I was ready,” said Cleve when asked about why he responded to Ohio.  He said he just loves helping people, whether that is through his role with the American Red Cross or through his ministry. “Everyone has been happy to see us, “which was what he says makes his job special. He loves that the Red Cross helps everybody and doesn’t discriminate based on any criteria.

American Red Cross workers load emergency response vehicles with bottled water before heading into the community to meet with clients. The American Red Cross has been assisting with water delivery in Toledo, Ohio since Saturday.

American Red Cross workers load emergency response vehicles with bottled water before heading into the community to meet with clients. The American Red Cross has been assisting with water delivery in Toledo, Ohio since Saturday.

Cleve’s partner since arriving in Toledo has been Pam Blum from the Greater Columbus Ohio Region. Pam says she’s been on so many national deployments she has a hard time remembering them or when they were.  Since beginning the Northwest Ohio assignment, Pam says they have delivered over 300 cases of water. When asked what has been special about this deployment Pam said it is the, “visually outward display of gratitude everyone has.” She’s seen people cry, smile, and laugh and she has been the receiver of many hugs.


American Red Cross workers from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and West Virginia meet before continuing home water delivery and client checkups in Toledo, Ohio.

The American Red Cross is continuing the relief efforts in the Toledo area by distributing emergency preparedness literature. Pam Schwarzkopf, the Mass Care Supervisor on the operation says they will distribute 2,000 preparedness packets throughout the rest of the week. There are 320 American Red Cross workers on the ground in Northwest Ohio supporting this operation.

– This entry was written by Disaster Workforce member Thomas White. 

Are you prepared?


Picture this: You are outside in your backyard enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. Suddenly the sky becomes dark and gloomy. It begins to hail and the tornado sirens go off. Do you know what to do?

Tornadoes can strike anywhere, at any time, and the best time to get ready is before the weather turns bad.

Here are the top 6 ways to prepare for a tornado:

  1. Know your community’s warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornados.
  2. Practice tornado drills from time to time so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado were to strike.
  3. Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement where everyone can go during a tornado.
  4. Prepare for high winds by removing damaged limbs from trees.
  5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind .
  6. Download our FREE tornado app.

To learn (MORE) about tornado safety, click here.



A Bavarian Summer Fest- Willkommen!

The American Red Cross of Ottawa County hosted “A Bavarian Summer Fest – Willkommen!” Friday, July 18 at the Catawba Island Club. The 7th annual Club Red fundraising gala was a benefit for local Red Cross disaster relief and recovery.

10497922_10152575677589197_8157939465539198278_oClub Red members created a Bavarian garden that held an expanded silent auction courtesy of generous local businesses and patrons.  Some popular features in the garden were The Lake Erie Brewing Company and German vinter, Max Ferd Richer. The evening was filled with lively music and guests were seen wearing lederhosen and traditional Bavarian dress. Read more about it here. 

Check out more photos on our Facebook page!

“What a wonderful night!  The ladies of Club Red created a Bavarian festival filled with color, music, food and an auction that exceeded our goals.  The stars of the night were the always-generous guests who come every year and support the Red Cross by bidding with abandon,” said event chair Carol Schemmer.


Special thanks to our sponsors:

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Can’t wait for next year. 🙂

Tonight is the Night

The day has FINALLY arrived! Tonight is the “Red, White & You Too!” benefit CD concert at Hollywood Casino Toledo. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and it is totally FREE!

Here is the line up for the fabulous night ahead:

Don’t forget to purchase the benefit CD at your neighborhood Ralphie’s and Frisch’s Big Boy locations. They are ONLY $10 and inside the CD, there is a $4 coupon making the total cost just $6! What a deal 🙂  And all of the proceeds go to support local Red Cross services and programs. Nothing can get better than that!

We hope to see you there!

Hire Me!

Do you want to take your child care experience to the next level but don’t know how? Well we have a solution for you: The American Red Cross Advanced Child Care Training Course!

This blended learning course offers part of the training online, and the rest in the classroom with a Red Cross expert. Learn things like caring for an infant, appropriate play for different ages, dealing with emergencies, and much more.

After completing the course, you’ll also get a 2 year certificate in Advanced Child Care Training AND Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. WOW!

Take the next step and register today.