PROVIDENCE, RI, October 26, 2012 – The American Red Cross is urging people to begin their preparedness actions as forecasts continue to predict a significant impact from Hurricane Sandy.
“Now is the time to check your emergency supplies, do safety checks around your home and review plans for evacuation if that needs to become an option,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman.
“We don’t know what Sandy may ultimately bring to us, but there could be flooding or wind damage that would disrupt power and potentially force people to leave their homes,” Shipman said. “We want people to be ready to spend a few days without power or to be able to leave their homes quickly, if ordered.”
Shipman listed the basic items that should be part of a family emergency kit:
Shipman said, when planning for your food, water and medical needs, “Don’t forget your pets.”
If the storm, which is forecast to bring high wind and heavy rains, knocks out power, Shipman offered tips for coping with the outage safely:
Because the storm may bring both wind and rain, Shipman offered some additional suggestions:
Shipman said the Red Cross is preparing for the storm. “We are contacting our volunteers to determine their availability, checking our supplies and readying our plans.” He said the Red Cross is communication with state and local government officials to coordinate their efforts.
The best thing that people can do right now, Shipman said, is to take personal preparedness steps at home. “The work you put into planning and preparing now can significantly reduce the disruption caused by this storm.”
More information about Red Cross preparedness tips and links to downloadable smartphone apps are available at www.redcross.org.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.