High Wind Warnings and Watches have been issued for the Western and Central New York Region Sunday, February 24-Monday, February 25. Strong wind gusts could result in downed trees and power lines, leading to potential property damage, difficult travel, and power outages. The American Red Cross urges area residents to take steps now to prepare:
BEFORE THE STORM
· Prepare an emergency preparedness kit. Replenish any items missing or expired, especially medicines or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.
· Create a household evacuation plan and practice it.
· Be prepared to evacuate quickly if directed and know your routes and destinations.
· Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio, or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
AFTER THE STORM
· Stay with family or friends or go to a public shelter if you lose power during extremely cold weather.
· Use flashlights instead of candles.
· Put space heaters on a level, hard, and nonflammable service, not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets at least three feet away.
· Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended
· Never use a generator inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
· Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will maintain its temperature for about 48 hours.
· Eliminate unnecessary travel. Traffic lights may be out.
· If electrical lines are down, don’t touch them. Report downed power lines to the utility company.
DOWNLOAD APPS People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for additional safety tips and instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps