The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

December 2, 2012

Red Cross extends helping hand through United Way donations

ANDERSON, Ind. — Editor’s note: This is the 11th installment of a weekly series about the many services that the United Way of Madison County provides.

While the effects of Superstorm Sandy are fresh on the minds of all Americans, average citizens often don’t plan for emergency situations — and, in many cases, planning for disaster conditions at an individual level is nearly impossible.

Whether a sweeping problem affects an area or a house fire displaces a single family, the United Way of Madison County is ready to step in to meet the emergency needs of residents.

“Funding provided through the United Way of Madison County is the cornerstone of our community support,” said Brad Schleppi, community and business relations representative for American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis. “Experienced volunteers conduct training and mentor newer members so when disaster strikes, trained and caring people are prepared, equipped and ready to help.”

Between supplying food, shelter and clothing in a disaster area, the Red Cross is able to meet the needs of people at a time when advance planning was not an option. Using the donations of individuals and the United Way, the organization uses their expertise to move efficiently in an area of need.

“The situations in which our clients find themselves is usually not their fault and is often beyond comprehension to the average person,” said Schleppi. “When a house catches fire in the middle of the night or a hurricane makes a landfall on the coast, the American Red Cross is there because you care. Your contribution to the United Way of Madison County provides shelter to the person who has, in an instant, become homeless; provides warm food to the person with none; and warm and protective clothing to the person who has just seen their life’s work go up in flames or swept out to sea.”

In addition to funding the efforts of the American Red Cross, the United Way has formed an organization called Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) to better prepare the community for emergencies.

“After a disaster hits, there is a long-term recovery period,” said Stephanie Grimes, public health coordinator for the Madison County Health Department. “I think the benefit of COAD is that we have not only done a lot of planning, but have started to do exercises. Not many other communities have. I applaud the United Way for all the work they are doing in Madison County because it is not happening everywhere else.”

1
Text Only
Local Business
  • Senior housing request continued A request for final plat approval for a senior housing development on property near Madison Park Church of God was continued Tuesday. The Anderson Plan Commission could not consider the request because of a lack of a quorum to conduct business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Street Department purchases 2 pickup trucks The Anderson Street Department received approval to buy two Dodge Ram pickup trucks on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • FEA - HB0722 - SAVI - 1 Staying strong during adversity When doctors told Judy Best she had cancer she was shocked, but she never lost hope.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS - HB0721 - 4-H parade 3 - DH Scholarship recipients relish parade acknowledgement

    Taylor Jennings and Shelby Farmer took their last stroll around their hometown Sunday. At least, their last before starting college in the fall.

    July 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • Senior housing sought for Madison Park A senior housing development proposed almost six months ago for the Madison Park Church of God property is now moving forward.

    July 20, 2014

  • Wilkerson, Jesse mug Jesse Wilkerson: Unplug to reconnect I am inspired and influenced by people in our community who are creating a legacy of service. These people have disconnected long enough to realize there is more to their life than their job or personal success.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ-HB0720-Coldbeer-TM.jpg Brouhaha over cold beer

    Warm beer lines the shelves inside the Ricker’s BP on Eighth Street less than a foot from a refrigerated section, but the convenience store is not planning to move the beer anytime soon. That’s because a state law prohibits Ricker’s from selling cold beer to customers.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Biz- HB0720 - HP Cycle Ski Biz Profile- TM Business Profile: Cycle shop owners fix-ated on power sport equipment When Mark Hains and Michael Palmieri opened a service and repair shop for power sport equipment, they were prepared to heavily invest in their dreams.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Business People: July 20 A compilation of news items featuring members of the Madison County business community.

    July 19, 2014

  • Clark, Big Joe mug 'Big Joe' Clark: Who’s helping support the U.S. housing market? Recently we have heard chatter of foreign investment in our country and that seems to concern inquiring minds. Apparently some minds are especially concerned when the buyers are from China.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide