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Red Cross Workers Mobilized in New Hampshire and Vermont in Response to Flooding

Evacuation Center in Swanton, Vermont Opening Due to Evacuations

           

Concord, NH / Burlington, VT. Saturday, January 13, 2018 – 7:30a.m. – The New Hampshire / Vermont region of the American Red Cross is deploying Red Cross workers to open an evacuation center for people who are escaping the current flooding situation in Swanton, Vermont.

 

Evacuation center information for Swanton, VT is as follows:

Missisquoi Valley Union High School

175 Thunderbird Dr, Swanton, VT 05488

Scheduled open time: 10am today.

 

The American Red Cross has had workers monitoring the difficult weather pattern moving through our two state region, and is following up on reports in communities in both New Hampshire and Vermont. The recent rain followed by new freezing temperatures and additional snow are making for myriad responses.

 

The Red Cross is also monitoring rivers with ice jams that may result in flooding for communities including:

 

Otter Creek in Rutland, VT

Winooski River downstream from Montpelier, VT

Souhegan River in Milford, NH

Saco River in Conway, NH

Pemigewasset River in Woodstock, NH and Plymouth, NH

Sugar River in West Claremont, NH

Contoocook River in Peterborough, NH where traffic is being re-routed due to flooding

Connecticut River in Strataford, NH

 

No evacuations are currently being executed in these other communities, but the Red Cross is monitoring these areas should assistance become necessary.

 

WHAT TO DO NEXT  If travel is dangerous in your area, travel is not suggested. If you can prepare, people living in the affected areas should:

 

·         Fill your car’s gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.

·         Be ready to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations

·         Check emergency kit and repolenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby

·         Never drive through flood waters – turn around and go the other way

·         Keep children away from flood waters

·         Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates

 

 

WHAT TO BRING TO A SHELTER The Red Cross encourages those who plan to stay in a Red Cross evacuation shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

 

  • ·       prescription and emergency medication
  • ·       medical equipment such as a wheelchair/walker, oxygen, etc.
  • ·       extra clothing
  • ·       pillows
  • ·       blankets and sleeping bags
  • ·       hygiene supplies
  • ·       flashlight with extra batteries
  • ·       phone and equipment chargers
  • ·       power strip
  • ·       small board games
  • ·       books for entertainment
  • ·       specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
  • ·       basic snacks
  • ·       baby food and formula
  • ·       diapers
  • ·       beach chair or camp chair
  • ·       identification
  • ·       insurance papers
  • ·       other comfort items

 

Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled.

 

You may not bring illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or weapons into the shelter.

 

Be certain to download the FREE Red Cross Shelter App for your Smart Phone, it will give you a list of all open shelters in your area.

 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP Everyone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, preparedness information and shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

MAKE A DONATION The work of the American Red Cross starts long before a storm moves through the region. For example, we have warehouses stocked with disaster relief supplies, thousands of trained workers, and more than 320 mobile response vehicles on standby year-round to be ready to help people in need. If we didn’t maintain these resources 24/7, we couldn’t get help to people in a timely fashion—but we depend on donations from the American public to be ready.

 

Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

 

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

 

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