LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9, 2019 — As Southern California faces red flag warnings for critical wildfire conditions and projected power outages, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region offers tips for how to keep everyone as comfortable and safe as possible.
“For prolonged power outages, there are ways that you can minimize loss and keep your loved ones as comfortable as possible,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the Red Cross LA. “Talk with your family about safety steps that can be taken – not just for facing a power outage but about how to prevent a wildfire and what to do if one occurs.”
Here are 6 tips everyone should keep in mind when dealing with a possible power outage:
If a power outage is two hours or less, don’t be concerned about losing perishable foods. During a prolonged outage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to protect your food.
If you are using a generator, keep it dry and don’t use it in wet conditions.
Now that wildfire season has begun for Southern California, there is a higher risk for wildfires because of low-humidity and other fire-conducive conditions. “Helping Angelenos prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters such as wildfires is at the heart of our mission.” said Barrios. “Being prepared helps our communities be more resilient — or bounce back — after a disaster.”
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.