The American Red Cross is getting ready to respond to Hurricane Joaquin if needed and urges residents who may be in the path of the storm to get ready too.
Where Joaquin will travel is still uncertain, but some experts agree the hurricane could affect people from North Carolina to lower New England. The storm is carrying winds near 75 mph and is expected to drop several inches of rain which could cause flooding. Joaquin is expected to strengthen over the next several days. Residents along the coast and those who live inland should watch this storm as its effects stretch outward as far as 125 miles from the storm’s center.
Red Cross chapters are getting ready to respond should the storm affect communities in the mid-Atlantic and northeast parts of the country. The Red Cross is putting disaster volunteers and relief supplies on stand-by and working with local officials and partners throughout the region to help ensure assistance is ready if needed.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO Heavy rain is already falling in the same region Joaquin could affect over the weekend. There is the potential for flooding and flash flooding and residents should listen to local media outlets to stay informed about the situation in their community.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY The all-inclusive Emergency app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of floods, hurricanes, wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
BUILD YOUR KIT Those who may be affected should check their disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. Emergency preparedness kits should include enough supplies for at least three days in case someone has to evacuate. Water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents should go in every kit. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home.