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WASHINGTON D.C. – May 17, 2016 — It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the American Red Cross has steps people should take now to get ready for hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30.
Hurricanes cause problems for people in coastal areas. But these storms can also cause damage hundreds of miles inland. In 2011, tropical storms caused devastating flooding in Pennsylvania and New Jersey hundreds of miles from the coast. In 1972, Hurricane Agnes ravaged the mid-Atlantic region from central Virginia through Pennsylvania to New York.
“A hurricane is a serious threat to residents in coastal areas as well as hundreds of miles inland,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “We’re ready and we want people to know it’s important for them to get prepared too.”
RED CROSS PREPARED Thousands of trained Red Cross disaster workers all over the country are ready to respond if needed. The Red Cross stocks items like food, cots, blankets and other relief supplies in warehouses across the country – enough to support thousands of people needing shelter. Through partnerships and a variety of methods, the Red Cross has the ability to serve a million meals a day if needed. Thousands of shelter locations are already identified and Red Cross emergency vehicles are ready to go into action.
GET READY NOW It’s the best way to be prepared for these dangerous storms. People should:
If someone already has a disaster kit, now is the time make sure the food and water is still okay to consume and that copies of important documents are up to date. If they already have an emergency plan for their household, they should talk about it again with family members so everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs.
HELP FOR BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS The Red Cross Ready Rating™ program helps businesses, schools and other organizations prepare for emergencies that can disrupt daily operations. Ready Rating offers specific steps that organizations can take to be better prepared. It includes a planning tool to help their employees or members know what their roles are in the early hours of an emergency, what their next steps are, and a resource center with tools that help businesses, employees and students develop and practice preparedness plans. More information about this valuable, free program can be found at readyrating.org.
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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.