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Longtime Red Cross of Wisconsin volunteer adapts in helping with COVID-19

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Madison (WKOW) This time of the year is normally the beginning of tornado and flood season for the American Red Cross of Wisconsin. They are still preparing for that, while their volunteer network allows them help with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Faust on Monroe has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin for ten years, and counting.

"We try to relieve suffering in times of need," said Faust.

Faust has traveled to southern states to help with hurricane relief, he also aids here in Wisconsin. Recently, he helped with flooding in Baraboo back in 2018.

Faust said, "for me and a lot of other volunteers it's a way to pay it forward."

Now Faust volunteers with the State Emergency Operations Center. It's normally a large computer network that allows him to get people in touch with proper support options. He currently is able to do this from home, virtually.

"We have developed procedures that are CDC compliant," said Faust.

"If we had to respond to an emergency in this we are all on the same page," Faust continued. "Every county in Wisconsin is using the same software to communicate with Wisconsin Emergency management and that greatly facilitates our ability to share information, to share needs and respond to them all across the state."

The American Red Cross of Wisconsin told WKOW News that they have seen an increase in people asking about volunteer roles the past few weeks during this health pandemic.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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