As the snow continues to fall in Massachusetts, your local Red Cross is actively supporting those communities facing the biggest threats of damage and coastal flooding.
With preparations for the storm having begun earlier this week, the Red Cross is in contact with a number of emergency managers with the state and individual municipalities.
MEMA has opened its Emergency Operations Center and the American Red Cross has staff on duty with MEMA throughout the storm.
The Disaster Operations Center for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts has been activated, monitoring reports of storm damage, weather reports, and closings, coordinated with our partner agencies.
Red Cross volunteers with Disaster Action Teams will be on standby to respond to residential fires, despite the weather. Tonight as the weather turns very cold throughout the state, we are asking you to share some safety tips with your audience.
• Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
• If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
• If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
• Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
• Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
• And when shoveling out the car, free the exhaust pipe before turning it on. Carbon monoxide kills.