HURRICANE SANDY: Red Cross advises residents to prepare now

American Red Cross chapters across Northeast Pennsylvania are in the second day of preparation for the potential of a dangerous storm system associated with Hurricane Sandy. The storm could hit the area late this weekend or early next week.

“Although there is still some uncertainty as to the track, the potential of the storm impacting our area is increasing by the day. The 13 Red Cross chapters in Northeast Pennsylvania are placing trained disaster workers, vehicles and supplies on alert in the 16-county region. We’re also working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to coordinate potential response efforts,” said Adrian Grieve, Red Cross regional emergency services officer for Northeast Pennsylvania. “We’re planning for the worst, and hoping for the best.”

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a storm. The Red Cross recommends these quick steps to take now to be prepared for emergencies like severe storms – build a kit, make a plan and be informed.

Emergency kits should contain a three-day supply of water for each person in the household, along with food that doesn’t require refrigeration, flashlights, a battery-operated radio and a first aid kit. A full list of suggested items is available on redcross.org.

Learn about your community’s response plan and finalize your family plan in case you are asked to evacuate. Also remember to make plans for your pets.

It’s also important for businesses and schools to prepare by making sure warning or alert systems for employees are in order and contact information is up-to-date. More information on being prepared is available at readyrating.org.

A free Red Cross Hurricane App is available which puts real time information and hurricane safety tips at your fingertips. From your mobile phone, call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677) and a link will be sent to you to download the app or you can download them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

For more preparedness information, contact your local Red Cross or visit www.redcross.org.

Berks County Red Cross chapter and contact information:

Janet Curtis

Executive Director - Berks,Schuylkill

Office: (610) 375-4383, ext. 121