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American Red Cross Provides Important Snow Storm Tips in NH

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CONCORD, N.H., March 18, 2013— The American Red Cross (ARC) is advising local residents to prepare for this impending snow storm with helpful safety tips.

“Late Winter storms in New England can still bring strong winds, heavy snow, and ice that can potentially cause power outages. It is important for all households and businesses to remain Red Cross Ready by preparing now for the possible effects of this storm. We urge folks to get prepared by replenishing their emergency supplies, finalizing plans for pets, and listening closely to local officials for updates on the storm." said Maria White, CEO of the New Hampshire Region.

The American Red Cross encourages New Hampshire residents to prepare for tonight’s storm by taking the following precautions:

• Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.

• Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.

• Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

In advance of the storm, local residents should prepare by checking and making an inventory of the following items:

• Flashlights and fresh batteries

• A battery-operated radio and clock

• Bottled water, canned foods and a manual can opener

• A list of important phone numbers and a car charger for cell phones if applicable

• A first aid kit

Additional winter storm safety information is available at www.redcross.org/nh.

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/nh or call us at 1-800-464-6692. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Hampshire at P.O. Box 2528, Concord, NH 03302-2528. Please consider joining us as we empower others to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies.