FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE … (Burlington, VT – December 21, 2012) While winter in our region doesn’t always follow the calendar, the American Red Cross is using the first official day of winter to remind people of important safety tips. As we know, winter storms can range from moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard that lasts for a few days. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, the American Red Cross wants people to be prepared and to remain safe during these events.
“Many winter storms bring low temperatures, strong winds, sleet and freezing rain,” said Doug Bishop, Director of Communications for the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross. “Make sure you have emergency supplies for your entire household in case you end up having to remain in your home for a few days.”
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.
The Red Cross recommends having the following items on hand in a convenient spot:
When a Storm is Coming
Bishop reminds everyone: “Check in on your neighbors – especially those requiring special assistance and those living alone.”
Additional information on what supplies to have and what to do before, during and after a winter storm is located at redcross.org/wintersafety.
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 or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.