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How to help: Red Cross recommends volunteering, donating to help after Sun Prairie explosion

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - After the explosion in Sun Prairie that leveled several buildings, more than 100 people have been displaced from their homes and are staying at Sun Prairie High School. 

Officials with the Red Cross of Wisconsin said community-wide concern has flooded their phones and inboxes asking a single question: How can I help? 

Red Cross communication manager Justin Kern said the best way to help during a disaster is to sign up to volunteer in the community or donate to organizations such as the Red Cross or Salvation Army.

 

Kern added, while often times it is people's first instinct to help by bringing food, this is not the most effective way to get involved. Organizations like the Red Cross are better equipped to handle those basic needs. 

The Red Cross provides food, water and comfort kits to people who have been displaced. Inside the comfort kits there is a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and more. The site is also set up with cots and sleeping arrangements for people there. 

"We're there to make sure they're comfortable, but obviously they would rather sleep in their own home," Kern said. 

While right now the high school is serving as a reception center, Kern believes as the night progresses it will be transitioned into a shelter. 

You can donate to the Red Cross at redcross.org/donate


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