The American Red Cross is preparing to respond to Hurricane Sandy if needed and urges everyone in the Delmarva Region take the next few days to get prepared. The storm is swirling through the Caribbean, with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour. Computer models show the storm could pose a significant threat to areas along the eastern coast of the country as early as this weekend.
People all along the eastern seaboard and areas inland who may be in the path of the storm should take safety steps like keeping up to date on Sandy’s progress, updating family emergency plans, and building or updating their household disaster kits. As the direction of the storm becomes more defined, people should prepare by taking the following steps if they are in Sandy’s path:
RED CROSS HURRICANE APP The free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices is available and provides real-time hurricane safety information. You can use the app to receive weather alerts and get information on Red Cross shelters. The app also features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay. The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross and is available in Spanish. Users just need to make sure the language setting on their smart phone is set to Spanish before downloading the app.
RIP CURRENTS Hurricane Sandy could bring strong winds, high waves and beach erosion to communities along the coast. While the swimming season is over in some areas, beach towns to the south are still enjoying warm weather. The Red Cross has tips to keep swimmers safe from the rip currents that Sandy may cause:
More information on what to do if caught in a rip current is available on this web site.
HOW TO HELP To help, make a donation by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.