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TN Volunteers on Standby as Heavy Snow Moves Closer

Right now the major concern is large scale power outages, said Regional Chapter Executive Michelle Hankes

Volunteers with the American Red Cross of East Tennessee Region are preparing to respond to heavy snow fall across the area.

Shelter teams and mass care volunteers are standing by, ready to open shelters if the need arises.

“Right now the major concern is large scale power outages,” said Regional Chapter Executive Michelle Hankes. “We’re already seeing several thousands of people without electricity in the Southeast. That means people aren’t able to stay warm and prepare meals. We’ll continue to communicate with our EMA partners to determine what the Red Cross can do to help people in need.”

Red Cross volunteers train throughout the year on shelter operations. Earlier this month in Jefferson County, the Red Cross executed a shelter simulation to help better prepare for an actual disaster.

The Red Cross urges people to be prepared to stay in their homes for several days. This includes having a supply of water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, batteries, blankets, a first aid kit and medication.

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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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.