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Red Cross Encourages Preparedness For Tropical Storm Harvey
Houston, TX, August 23, 2017 — With Weather System Harvey expected to redevelop, potentially impacting the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana, the American Red Cross is encouraging local residents to start getting prepared now. Ways to do this include:
• If you or a member of your household is an individual with access or functional needs, including a disability, consider developing a comprehensive evacuation plan in advance with family, care providers and care attendants, as appropriate. Complete a personal assessment of functional abilities and possible needs during and after an emergency or disaster situation, and create a personal support network to assist.
o Search for a NOAA radio app in the Apple Store >> or Google Play>>
o Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store
• Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding. Take pictures on a phone and keep copies of important documents and files on a flash drive that you can carry with you on your house or car keys.
• Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross, a United Way Agency, 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross