Area Flood Warnings Prompt Red Cross Officials to Monitor Weather in NY

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We’re monitoring the storm and are prepared to respond if necessary

ROCHESTER NY, Thursday, June 6, 2013—Area forecasters are predicting continued rain showers throughout the day today across the Finger Lakes Region. The rainfall may cause area creeks and rivers to rise, which may result in localized flooding.

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. The Red Cross is prepared to assist area residents in case flooding does occur.

“We’re monitoring the storm and are prepared to respond if necessary,” said Timothy Pitoniak, Emergency Services Director. He encourages area residents to prepare ahead of time by having the following items packed and ready to go if you need to evacuate:

• Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day

• Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food

• Flashlight

• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

• Extra batteries

• First Aid kit

• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

• Multi-purpose tool

• Sanitation and personal hygiene items

• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)

• Cell phone with chargers

• Family and emergency contact information

• Extra cash

• Emergency blanket

Click here for additional recommended supplies and more information about flood preparedness can be found at .

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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/rochester or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.