WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – With a large winter storm forecast to impact our region Monday into Tuesday, the Greater NY Red Cross has placed volunteers on alert and is prepared to support local residents affected by storm-related emergencies, as needed.
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross is urging residents to be prepared—not only for the snow, but for cold temperatures and possible power outages. Additionally, extreme weather increases the risk of home fires. Below are some resources to help residents stay safe.
- Make sure you have emergency supplies on hand in your home. Critical supplies include food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, baby supplies, medication, pet supplies, a crank radio, cash and cell phone chargers.
- Make sure your cell phones are charged.
- For full list of emergency supplies, click here .
WINTER STORM/COLD WEATHER SAFETY ?
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on snow storms and blizzards from the National Weather Service.
- Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain, snow or dense fog.
- If travel is necessary, make sure you have a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle which includes shovel, blanket, flashlight, water, snacks, first aid kit, extra batteries, sack of sand or cat litter.
- Keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
- When shoveling snow, take frequent breaks to avoid risk of injury or cardiac arrest.
- Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers.
- Bring pets inside during winter weather.
- Eat regular meals and stay hydrated, but avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
POWER OUTAGE SAFETY
- Use flashlights for light, not candles.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Check refrigerated food for spoilage and if in doubt, throw it out. Your refrigerator will keep cold for about four hours. If the freezer is full, it will keep its temperature for about 48 hours.
- Have coolers on hand and surround your food with ice in the cooler or refrigerator to keep food cold for a longer period of time.
- Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment and any appliances, equipment or electronics to avoid damaging them when the power is restored.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit www.redcross.org/prepare .
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