Red Cross Responds, Issues Safety Steps as Winter Cyclone Hits East Coast
A strong winter storm is delivering extremely cold weather, snow, ice and blizzard conditions from Florida to New England and the American Red Cross is preparing to help where needed.
The storm is bringing snow and ice to areas not used to winter weather - winter storm watches and warnings are up from Florida to Virginia. The storm will hit the Mid-Atlantic coastal areas as early as Thursday, and strengthen to blizzard conditions as it moves into New England.
As the storm moves offshore, more numbing cold is predicted for the eastern half of the country.
The National Weather Service reports ice is already accumulating in parts of Florida and Georgia. The entire state of Georgia is on alert for winter weather and freeze warnings. The Red Cross is working with officials and has shelters on stand-by in case of power outages.
In South Carolina, 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected along with an icy coating. Red Cross workers have opened several warming centers and are working with officials to determine if more help is needed.
The Red Cross has steps people should follow to stay safe during severe winter weather:
WINTER TRAVEL SAFETY
Stay off the road if possible during severe weather. If you have to drive in winter weather, follow these tips:
With the cold temperatures there is often a rise in the number of home fires. Follow these tips to help prevent a fire in your home:
DOWNLOAD APPS People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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