As local forecasters predict a potential severe winter storm this Thursday in the St. Louis area, the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region wants the community to be prepared and remain safe during this inclement weather.
“Winter storms can bring a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, and it’s important to be prepared ahead of the storm,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “It’s always a good idea to have emergency supplies for your entire household at home and in your car, because you never know what may happen.”
Before the Storm
People should know the difference between a winter storm watch and a warning. A watch is issued when winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. During a warning, severe weather conditions have already begun or will begin within 24 hours and people should immediately take precautions. Stay tuned to weather reports for the latest predictions and occurrences.
The Red Cross recommends having the following items on hand in a convenient spot:
When a Storm is Coming
During the Storm
Additional Outdoor Safety Information
Erickson reminds everyone: “Check in on your neighbors – especially those requiring special assistance and those living alone.”
This storm could bring ice to the area, which could lead to power outages. It is a good idea to maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Click here to learn about what to do during a power outage.
The Red Cross is part of the “All Ready” campaign, a unified effort among emergency preparedness experts in the bi-state region that focuses on the importance of individual preparedness. The campaign encourages the three critical steps of preparedness: Make a plan, Get a kit, Be informed.
The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.
About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region: Celebrating 95 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 72 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.