American Red Cross aids area residents
By Taylor J. Hale
PLOVER — American Red Cross is aiding Portage County natives as they battle the results of last week’s major flooding. The organization is offering free clean-up kits to affected residents to help during troubling times.
“The specific damage your home has incurred will determine the exact supplies you need,” said the briefing on the Red Cross website.
Portage County locals were armed with mops, buckets and other supplies by the group. The distribution of the cleanup kits started on Tuesday and is still running. The kits will be available until supplies last or as officials see fit, but a possible restock may take place if needed.
Below are essential highlights on the cleanup process from the Red Cross:
-Remove any remaining water, large amounts of dirt/mud, damaged items and other trash.
-Clean hard surfaces throughout your home (flooring, countertops and appliances) thoroughly with hot water and soap or detergent. Then disinfect with bleach or a commercial disinfectant (be sure to follow directions on the bottle).
-Dry soft surfaces (upholstered furniture, rugs, bedding and clothing) in the open air if possible, before cleaning
-Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud. When in doubt, throw it out. This includes canned goods, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and containers with food or liquid that has been sealed shut.
-Any appliances that were inundated by flood water should be checked by a professional before
you use them.
Call 211 for further information and aid.
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