Preparing the Triangle Region for Possible Impact with TS Andrea

People need to be vigilant and diligent in watching the system and not take unnecessary risks...

Raleigh, NC, June 6, 2013 - As Tropical Storm Andrea heads up the east coast, the Triangle Red Cross is taking steps to prepare for potential flooding from torrential rains. Local Red Cross volunteers are on stand-by to respond to local needs, and will be preparing on site at the American Red Cross in Raleigh tomorrow.

Joselito Garcia explained the need for people to stay informed about the possible impact of this storm, “People need to be vigilant and diligent in watching the system and not take unnecessary risks when, especially driving, don’t drive through standing water. Floods that accompany tropical storms can come on quickly. The best option is always to be prepared and just stay home, if you are able.”

In addition to preparing supplies, we are identifying at risk neighborhoods, contacting partners like NC Baptist Men and the Salvation Army, and most importantly working with local Emergency Management offices across our region to ensure that the Red Cross is ready to respond, when and where we are needed by:

  • Opening shelters for anyone affected by flooding or damage to their homes
  • Providing food in affected neighborhoods
  • Giving comfort and emotional support to families who may be devastated by this storm
  • Help at your Fingertips

    “The Red Cross Hurricane app give local and real time information for coastal residents and those who may be affected by Tropical Storm Andrea,” said Barry Porter, CEO for the Triangle Red Cross, Raleigh NC. All American Red Cross apps can be found at RedCross.org/mobileapps

    Features of the app include:

  • Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories that users can share on social networks;
  • Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside
  • Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
  • Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan;
  • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to reassure family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
  • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.
  • The Red Cross urges individuals and families to take personal preparedness steps and download the Hurricane App to get ready for hurricane season.

    The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. National Red Cross experts in health, safety and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app.

    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/triangle or on twitter @tacredcross