Hurricane Arthur is moving up the East Coast as millions head to the seashore for the Fourth of July holiday. The American Red Cross is prepared to respond all along the Eastern Seaboard and urges individuals and families who may be in the path of the storm to do the same and get ready now.
Arthur has sustained winds of 90 mph and heavy rain, dangerous surf conditions and rip currents pose a threat along the coast. Red Cross chapters from Florida to New York are working with local officials and have shelters, workers and relief supplies on standby in case they are needed.
The storm is headed for the Outer Banks off North Carolina where mandatory evacuations are in effect for several areas. The Red Cross is prepared to open shelters and additional workers and emergency vehicles are ready to deploy if needed.
“The Red Cross is standing by to respond if necessary as this storm moves along the coast. We urge folks who may be in the path of this storm to get ready too,” said Richard Reed, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services for the Red Cross. “Those heading to the beach should be especially careful and heed lifeguard warnings about rip currents.”
RIP CURRENT SAFETY Arthur could cause dangerous surf and rip currents for a large stretch of the East Coast over the holiday and the Red Cross urges beachgoers to be aware of what they should do to be safe while enjoying the sand and surf.
The Red Cross urges everyone to take steps to keep their loved ones and property safe as the hurricane heads north. People should stay informed – look for critical information on the storm’s progress from the National Weather Service and leave the area if authorities direct them to do so.
HURRICANE SAFETY People should:
IF POWER OUTAGES OCCUR, people should:
IF FLOODING OCCURS, people should:
RED CROSS HURRICANE APP People should also download the free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices for real time safety information, to know where shelters are located and have access to the “I’m Safe” button to use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay. People planning to travel to areas that could get hit with the storm can use the app to receive weather alerts.
FIRST AID APP Users can also download the free Red Cross first aid app which puts expert advice for everyday emergencies at someone’s fingertips. Both apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross
More information on what to do before, during and after the storm is available in the preparedness section of this web site.