Already saturated ground that is expected to receive significant rain in the coming days creates potential need.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE … (Burlington, VT – June 27, 2013) The American Red Cross of Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley is urging people to be alert and take steps in advance of the heavy rain expected over the next 24-hours. A few steps taken before, during and after potential flooding will help ensure people weather the storm safely. The Red Cross is heeding its own advice as it takes steps to prepare for a potential response to anticipated flooding.
Already saturated ground that is expected to receive significant rain in the coming days creates a potential need in communities across the region. The steps being taken by the American Red Cross of the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley to ready itself include:
As conditions warrant, the Red Cross will look to open shelters to serve communities that may be hard hit by the anticipated severe weather. Additional services to impacted towns will be assessed in consultation with local and state officials.
While the Red Cross, locally, is hard at work to ensure it is prepared should the need for its service arise, the organization is urging individuals to take steps to prepare for the potential for rapidly rising water along streams, rivers and in low-lying areas. The Red Cross suggests:
A great deal more preparedness information is available at www.redcross.org/vt. The Red Cross strongly encourages people to go to this site, take the time to review their safety plan, create an emergency kit for their home and car and to stay informed before, during and after storms. To put much of this helpful information right at your fingertips, the Red Cross also encourages people to download its free First Aid and other preparedness apps from the iTunes Store or Google Play for Android users.
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/vt or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossvtnhv.