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Tropical Storm Hermine: Red Cross Urges New Yorkers To Prepare

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle responding to a Tornado
"As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death."

With a large storm making its way through the Southeast and then projected to move up the Atlantic seaboard, the Greater NY Red Cross is prepared to support local residents affected by storm-related emergencies (including flash flooding, coastal flooding and power outages) as needed here in our region. The Red Cross is doing this by placing volunteers on alert, mobilizing resources and coordinating with government and community partners.

As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross is urging residents to be prepared. Below are some tips to help residents stay safe:

Here are key steps that every household can take to be better prepared:

Make a Kit:

  • Make time to build an emergency kit in the event you have to evacuate, or shelter in place. Your emergency kit should include food, water and other basic supplies for each family member to last at least three days. Remember to include essential medications, copies of important documents and special items for children, the elderly and pets. Click here to see more info on the supplies everyone should have on hand.
  • Make a plan:

  • Everyone in the household should help put the emergency plan together so they know what they should do if something occurs. Because everyone may not be together at home when a disaster happens, the plan should include ways to contact one another and two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home. The plan should also identify an emergency contact person from outside
  • Any emergency plan should also include decisions about where to go if ordered to evacuate and what route to take to get there. It’s a good idea to include alternate routes in case roads are closed. Don’t forget family pets. Make sure to include plans for them such as pet-friendly hotels and animal shelters along the evacuation route.
  • Click here for more information on emergency planning.
  • Download emergency preparedness:

  • The all-inclusive Emergency app (in English and Spanish) combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to
  • For more information on how to prepare for all types of emergencies, visit
  • 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 @RedCrossNY.