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Local Red Cross in Johnstown, PA Prepares for Hurricane Season

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – As the 2013 Hurricane Season approaches, the American Red Cross urges community members to be prepared for accompanying hazards such a flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. To prepare, the Red Cross encourages Johnstown residents to update their family evacuation plan and emergency preparedness kit as well as educate themselves on weather alerts.

As part of this preparation, the local Red Cross hosted the annual state Hurricane Conference on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31. The conference took place at the local Red Cross office.

Red Cross officials throughout Pennsylvania gathered to discuss best practices and strategize preparedness efforts for the upcoming hurricane season. Generally held in the state capital, this year’s conference location was selected to commemorate the 124th anniversary of the Johnstown flood, one of the first Red Cross relief missions.

“We look forward to working together as a team to better prepare ourselves for the possibility of a hurricane,” said Colleen Sherman, executive director of the local Red Cross. “Increased preparedness helps to ensure that our community stays safe and sound during a large-scale storm.”

The Red Cross encourages all community members to be ready for unexpected emergencies with simple steps including staying informed, making an emergency preparedness kit and having a family evacuation plan.

In addition, individuals can prepare by downloading the free Hurricane mobile app. The app is available for all Android and Apple devices and places preparedness information right at any user’s fingertips. The app features weather alerts, flashlights, sirens and a shelter finder, among other tools.

For more information on the local Red Cross or the annual Hurricane conference, visit RedCross.org/Pa/Johnstown.