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Red Cross Urges Preparedness During Wind Storms

With last night’s wind storm that caused power outages, the American Red Cross reminds individuals and families to stay safe and be prepared.

Tips from the Red Cross on preparing for high winds and possible power outages:

Prepare for High Winds

Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs.

Move or secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind and become a projectile.

During the storm, draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will prevent glass from shattering into your home.

Top Safety Tips for a Power Outage

Assemble essential supplies, including: flashlight, batteries, portable radio, at least one gallon of water, and a small supply of food. For more information about building or purchasing a disaster kit go to

Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Due to the extreme risk of fire, do not use candles during a power outage.

Use the phone for emergencies only. Listening to a portable radio can provide the latest information. Do not call 9-1-1 for information – only call to report a life-threatening emergency.

Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home's electrical system.

Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out. Leave one light on so you know when the power comes back on.

Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable food from the refrigerator. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours.

If you use medication that requires refrigeration, most can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.

Stay focused on the risks of smoke and carbon monoxide. Buy a carbon monoxide alarm if you do not already have one. They are available at most hardware stores. If you have one, check the battery to make sure it is working. If the alarm sounds: get to fresh air by going outside. Contact the fire department before you go back inside your home.

For more information about disaster education, workplace preparedness and emergency products please contact the Red Cross at or

The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. For more information about emergency preparedness or Red Cross Chapters in Washington State, please visit

Media Contact: Katherine Boury 206.726.3547 - American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties

Karen Kim 253.377.2548 - American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter