As Tropical Storm Henri makes its way to the Northeast, the American Red Cross in Greater NY is mobilizing resources and staff in advance of the storm. The Red Cross also urges families to be prepared, safe and informed.
Tropical Storm Henri is expected to be a hurricane as it approaches our area bringing with it the threat of heavy rain, strong winds and storm surges. While there is some uncertainty regarding the exact path and potential impact of Henri, tropical storm and hurricane watches have been issued for parts of NYC, Conn. and Long Island. The Red Cross is preparing to support affected residents by identifying shelter sites, readying relief supplies, and mobilizing volunteers.
“Our teams are coordinating closely with community partners and emergency responders to be ready to provide aid,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, American Red Cross in Greater NY. “And we urge our neighbors to take this storm seriously and take the necessary precautions to stay safe.”
Area residents should monitor local weather conditions, listen to the advice of local authorities and evacuate immediately if asked to do so. Check emergency kits now and have enough supplies for several days. See the additional info and resources below:
- Know the difference between a watch and warning. A WATCH means a hurricane, tropical storm or flooding is possible. A WARNING means conditions are expected within 36 hours. Take immediate precautions.
- Get your home ready. Store outside items, such as lawn furniture and trash cans, to prevent them from being moved by high winds and possibly hurting someone.
- Tune into your local radio, NOAA radio or news channels for the latest updates. Obey evacuation orders from local officials.
- Check your emergency kit and replace any missing items.
- Prepare to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations.
- Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
- Never ride out a severe storm in a mobile home, even if it’s in a non-evacuation zone.
- Don’t forget your pets. Bring them indoors and maintain direct control of them. Prepare a pet emergency kit with leashes or carriers, food, water, bowls, cat litter and box, and photos of you with your pet in case you are separated.
- Stay indoors; avoid beaches, riverbanks and floodwaters. Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding. Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwaters. Remember: Turn around, don’t drown.
- Use flashlights in the dark if the power goes out. Avoid using candles.
The Red Cross has a free Emergency App available for download (redcross.org/apps) with preparedness tips, info on shelter locations and weather alerts. The Red Cross Emergency App can also be found on the Apple Store and the Google play Store. More preparedness resources and tips available at www.redcross.org/prepare