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Hurricane Preparedness Week: Red Cross Issues Safety Steps for Hurricane Season

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the American Red Cross has put together some crucial steps people should take now to get ready for hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

Hurricanes are thought to typically cause the most problems for those living in coastal areas, but it’s important to know that 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 of 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.”

Thousands of trained Red Cross disaster workers all over the country are prepared to respond if and when needed. The organization stocks items like food, cots, blankets, and other relief supplies in warehouses across the country — enough to support thousands of people who might need shelter. Through a variety of methods and partnerships, the Red Cross has the ability to serve one million meals a day, if needed. Thousands of shelter locations are already identified and Red Cross emergency vehicles are ready to move into action.

Getting ready for hurricane season now is the best way to be prepared for these dangerous storms. Hurricane preparedness should include:

  • Build an emergency kit containing one gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, any necessary medications, supplies for an infant or child if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important documents, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area, and emergency contact information. Many of these items are available through the Red Cross Store.
  • Talk with household members and create an evacuation plan. Practicing the plan will minimize confusion and fear during a necessary evacuation.
  • Be informed. Learn about the community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required, and make plans for pets.
  • People should also download the free Red Cross Emergency App to select up to 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts on their mobile device. The content includes expert guidance on what to do before, during, and after different emergencies or disasters from home fires to hurricanes. All Red Cross apps can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.

If someone already has a disaster kit, now is the time to make sure the food and water is still okay to consume and that copies of important documents are up to date. If a household emergency plan is already in place, begin talking about it with family members so that everyone knows what to do if an emergency should occur.

Hurricane Preparedness for Businesses, Schools & Organizations

The Red Cross Ready Rating™ program helps businesses, schools, and other organizations prepare for emergencies that can disrupt daily operations by offering specific steps that can be taken 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.

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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarianism 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. To find out more about the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org, cruzrojaamericana.org, or follow them on Twitter at @RedCross.

19 thoughts on “Hurricane Preparedness Week: Red Cross Issues Safety Steps for Hurricane Season”

  1. This was interesting for me to read. Here in New England, hurricanes are rare. Sure, we have had a few, but the majority of the time they lose their steam by the time they get up here.

  2. This is so important. I live in an area that was affected by 4 hurricanes in 2004. I will never forget opening a Hurricane Shelter for the community. At our house, we are prepared in the event we have an active hurricane season.

  3. Hurricanes and other natural disasters are not something that we should take lightly. We should always be prepared for it, and since our local government normally has procedures for this, we should take the time to be educated on what those procedures are.

  4. This is very important. Everyone of us should prepare for this. I live in an area where we get a lot of tropical storms and floods. I have an emergency kit and we all know what to do in case we need to evacuate our place.

  5. We can’t be too prepared, that’s all I have to say. I’ve been into a lot of places where a part of a city or town was just devastated by natural calamities. The Red Cross app really works and a lot of people are grateful for its technological convenience.

  6. I don’t live near anywhere that has hurricanes luckily. I could imagine how devastating it must be. It’s to bad there is no way to prevent these from happening.

  7. Hurricanes are so scary! I am really glad that we don’t have them in Minnesota. I can imagine how important being prepared can be.

  8. Thanks for this post, hope that many people will prepare for such disaster. Keep the important things handy and do not forget the clean water and instant foods to keep you energized and hydrated,

  9. Wow, nice to have a red cross apps that can help us prepare for a hurricane. It’s never easy to battle with hurricane but preparedness will help a lot for us to survive.

  10. Going through a hurricane is a scary stuff & I know what it means when we had to manage one such few years back when I was pregnant. These are some great safety tips to make sure you are planned well to the situation that can happen worse anytime.

  11. I’m glad hurricanes aren’t a concern where I live. Forest fires are however and we’ve got a huge one burning here currently.

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