Local American Red Cross Assists Those Affected by Planned Power Outages
Two Red Cross shelters providing for immediate needs of impacted residents
SAN DIEGO — December 7, 2017— American Red Cross disaster workers have opened two shelters for those affected by planned power outages in East and North Counties. Red Cross shelter locations are as follows:
- Bostonia Park & Recreation Center (1049 Bostonia Street, El Cajon, CA 92021)
- East Valley Community Center (2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027)
These shelters will provide for the immediate needs of those affected by power outages. At a Red Cross shelter, individuals can find a safe place to stay, three meals a day, basic health services and a compassionate shoulder to lean on. Our shelters are open to all. After a disaster, our first priority is to ensure that everyone affected has a safe and comforting place to stay. Both shelters will remain open for as long as there is a need.
We are working closely with our local partners and emergency management officials to coordinate ongoing response efforts. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call around-the-clock and stand ready to assist in various aspects of disaster response including sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, casework, and more.
Power Outage Safety Tips
Staying Safe Indoors
· Use flash lights in the dark, not candles.
· Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.
· If you are using a generator be sure you understand the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to use generators safely.
· Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
· First use perishable food from the refrigerator. Perishables should have a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) or below to be safe to eat. Then use food from the freezer.
· Use your non-perishable foods and staples after using food from the refrigerator and freezer.
· If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items.
· Keep food in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.
· Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
· Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
· Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
Staying Safe After a Power Outage
· If electrical power lines are down, don’t touch them. Keep your family and pets away. Report any downed lines to 9-1-1.
Throw Out Unsafe Food
· Throw away any food (particularly meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that has been exposed to temperatures higher than 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more. When in doubt, throw it out!
About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families, and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. 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/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.
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