MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin residents who suffered losses from the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding and continue to have unmet needs may seek help through a number of volunteer groups.
"We would like to encourage Wisconsin residents to take advantage of our 2-1-1 Program when looking for additional assistance," said Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) Administrator Johnnie Smith. "It's a valuable resource that unites those who want to help with those who most need assistance."
Residents can dial 2-1-1 on their telephones to obtain information on local volunteer agencies working in their county. The 2-1-1 operators have phone numbers, program and services information, locations, hours of operation and other relevant resources. Those who call 2-1-1 may be referred to resources including housing assistance, counseling services, employment opportunities and health services.
"The volunteer groups are vital elements in all state and federal recovery efforts as they focus on helping families develop effective recovery plans," said Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As federal coordinating officer, Diemont directs the federal side of the federal/state disaster response and recovery efforts in Wisconsin.
Anyone affected by the recent storms and flooding should register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Wisconsin residents can also register online at www.fema.gov/.
For individuals seeking more information and/or possible participation, here are two volunteer groups currently working in Wisconsin:
1-800-264-6412 / www.salvationarmywi.org
American Red Cross
1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636) / www.redcross.org
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.