The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the weather forecast today, and we understand some parts of the region may experience coastal flooding. We are calling on volunteers to be ready to assist should there be a need to open shelters, and we are staffing the Emergency Operations Center as it is opening.
The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for flooding by:
• Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing for each family member. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Additionally, make sure you have a first aid kit and a supply of essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage. Monitor the news and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
• Use Technology to Prepare and Stay Safe: Download Red Cross preparedness apps for your smartphone. Our free apps have tips and real-time information to help you prepare, as well as tools to help you keep in touch during and after a major storm. Get the apps for iPhones or Android phones at www.redcross.org/mobileapps. Our hurricane app has notifications about wind gusts, and tools like strobes and flashlights for your phone.
• Head toward higher ground: When a flood or flash flooding is issued in your area, head for higher ground and stay there. Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go the other way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
• Be careful on the roads: If you come around a flooded road, turn around and go the other way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
• Stay alert: Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to recognize flood danger. Keep an eye on children – they are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.