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Red Cross offers tips and support during winter storm

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From the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, which is coordinating with parish and state officials, urges residents to take steps now to stay safer when severe weather threatens. 

For the .PDF checklist, click this link: http://rdcrss.org/1f43uJ7.

The Red Cross is collaborating with parish officials and emergency managers across south Louisiana, where some have requested the Red Cross manage or support shelters. Our trained volunteer team is ready to respond as details develop.

"By preparing together for winter storms, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger," said CEO Kay W. Wilkins. "We can help you and your family create a disaster preparedness plan now, before these dangerously low temperatures, snow, ice and winds set in."

As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for winter storms by:

  • Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Additionally, make sure you have a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage. 
  • Heeding Storm Warnings: A winter storm WATCH means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via NOAA Weather radio, or local radio or television stations. A winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.  
  • Preparing Your Home and Car:  Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure your home is properly insulated by covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out. Running water, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing.

For more information on winter storm preparedness, contact the American Red Cross of South Louisiana at (800) 256-4733, visit www.redcross.org or www.cruzrojaamericana.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS. We urge you to share these Red Cross winter storm preparedness tips with your families, children, colleagues and neighbors, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time.

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