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Red Cross prepares in advance of Tropical Storm Hermine

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.
The time to prepare is now.

Red Cross urges the community to take preparedness steps

The American Red Cross is preparing as Tropical Storm Hermine moves in the Gulf of Mexico, with some models showing a potential impact on Connecticut. Red Cross workers and supplies are on standby and ready to help if needed.

In addition, the Red Cross encourages our community to begin preparing now for excessive rain and a potential storm surge along the coast.

“Now is the time to prepare,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “At this point, the models are saying different things, but it is important to get ready now in case things change and the storm takes a closer path toward our state. Take the time over the next few days to have your preparedness kit and plan ready.”


The Red Cross has three steps people can follow - build a kit, make a plan and be informed

An emergency kit should include a gallon of water per person, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications and copies of important documents. Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Learn about how your community responds to hurricanes and plan routes to local shelters. Remember family members with special medical needs and plan how you will care for your pets.

The Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist is available to learn more about what to do if a hurricane might affect your community. For more information on hurricane safety, visit the preparedness section of our web site.


Another resource for download is the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of hurricanes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The app includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to


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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.