If Hurricane Sandy Strikes the Chesapeake Region

Red Cross emergency response vehicle at scene of tornado's destruction
Baltimore area disaster volunteers are on stand-by, Emergency Response Vehicles have been refueled and shelter locations are being identified if the hurricane/tropical storm aims at the eastern coast.

The American Red Cross will be ready. Baltimore area disaster volunteers are on stand-by, Emergency Response Vehicles have been refueled and shelter locations are being identified if the hurricane/tropical storm aims at the eastern coast of the United States this weekend or early next week. Up and down the East Coast supplies are ready to be moved and shelter locations are being identified across multiple states. The Red Cross is working closely with federal, state and local government officials, as well as community partners to coordinate response efforts.

We urge everyone in the potential path to keep informed about the storm’s progress, check their emergency supplies, and go over their household’s emergency plan.

Sandy has caused damage throughout the Caribbean and is headed to the United States where it could combine with a cold front along the eastern seaboard to form a “perfect storm” that could bring strong winds, flooding, power outages and strong rip currents along the east coast, with the possibility of snow in the higher elevations.

GET READY

The Red Cross has information on its website about how to get prepared for the storm, including steps for hurricane and power outage emergencies. Videos are also available to help get prepared, including information on severe weather preparedness, how to get ready for winter weather and what to do when rip currents are an issue.

RED CROSS APPS

The free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices provides real-time hurricane safety information such as weather alerts and where Red Cross shelters are located. The app also features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media sites to tell family and friends they are okay. The First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in someone’s hand. The apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

HOW TO HELP

To help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.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 Click Here