A coastal storm is heading up the eastern seaboard today, bringing heavy rain from the Tennessee Valley to the Mid-Atlantic region, with snow to the north, especially in the mountains of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New England. The American Red Cross urges motorists to use extreme caution if they must venture out in this storm.
Winter Storm Safety Winter storm warnings have been issued for some areas, resulting in dangerous travel conditions with zero visibility at times. A winter storm warning means the storm is on the way. Motorists should avoid travel if possible, and use extreme caution if they must go out on the roads.
If you must travel, let someone know where you’re going, the route you’re taking to get there, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route. Keep your car’s gas tank full to keep the fuel line from freezing, and always carry a disaster supply kit in the trunk.
When going outside, wear layered, lightweight clothing, gloves or mittens, and a hat to prevent loss of body heat. Other safety tips include:Winter Storm Safety Checklist
- Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks.
- If you shovel snow, be extremely careful. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated. Avoid overexertion.
Flood Safety To the south, flood watches have been issued with some areas slated to receive several inches of rain. Follow these tips to stay safe:
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a person off their feet.
- If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you’re caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
The Red Cross has the facts people need to stay safe and prepared in emergency situations. For more information, visit the preparedness section of our website.