A significant winter storm is headed to the central Rockies and High Plains regions this weekend which could drop several feet of snow on the region, particularly in Colorado and Wyoming. The American Red Cross is preparing to respond if needed and has safety steps people should follow.
The storm is expected to hit later today through the weekend, slowing down Monday. Strong winds are likely, which will combine with snowfall rates of one to two inches an hour to produce near blizzard conditions. Road and air travel will be difficult to impossible. Power outages are also possible.
This storm could also produce flooding and severe thunderstorms in other parts of the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Follow these links for more safety steps.
Now is the time to prepare. Have your disaster kit ready – details about what should be included are on our website. When the storm begins, listen to the advice of local officials and stay in a safe place until weather conditions improve and roads can be cleared.
STAY SAFE by following these steps:
DRIVING SAFETY If possible, avoid driving in this storm. If you have to drive, have a window scraper, kitty litter or sand in case you get stuck, extra clothes and a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. Fill the vehicle’s gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
AVOID HOME FIRE DANGER Storms like this can result in a high number of home fires. To avoid fire danger, remember the following:
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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