As Hurricane Sandy’s path became clearer on October 26, the American Red Cross began gearing up to respond. Red Cross volunteers are mobilizing and moving into place, shelters are on standby, and more than 100 Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are on alert.
Hurricane Sandy aka Frankenstorm is a super storm that could bring strong winds, flooding and extensive power outages to the Northeast, with the possibility of snow in the higher elevations. The American Red Cross is suggesting that all residents in the path of Hurricane Sandy take preventative measures.
In addition to following the tips below, download the Hurricane App and First Aid App so that you have emergency information at your fingertips.
- Water – one gallon per person, per day
- Food – non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
- Make sure to fill your car’s gas tank ahead of time.
Prepare Your Home:
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture, etc.).
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
- Turn off your propane tank.
- Unplug small appliances.
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
The Red Cross suggests that area residents prepare for the possible necessity to use a shelter. Upon arriving at a shelter, residents will be asked to provide identification and show that they are from an affected area. If you need to go to the shelter, please bring any personal medications and medical supplies, as well as pillows, blankets, a change of clothes and personal hygiene items. The Shelter will provide food. Find a complete list of the Red Cross National Shelter System HERE and register as “Safe and Well” HERE to let friends and family know that you’re okay or to check on them. To keep track of Hurricane Sandy’s path please visit the NOAA website.
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