The American Red Cross Urges People to Prepare for Isaac

LIBERTY, August 27, 2012 - "The Red Cross urges every household to make a plan," said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the South Louisiana Chapter. "We want to arm residents with the necessary informationthey need to take action in the event of a hurricane. The best defense against storms is being prepared."

"The Red Cross hurricane app is a tremendous help for those who need to let others know they are safe.  Our preparedness actions steps, 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan and 3) Be informed, are on the app as well," added Wilkins. 

Features of the Hurricane app include:

* One touch "I'm safe" messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm's way;
*  Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories users can share on social networks;
*  Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside;
*   Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
*   Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan;
*   Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
*   Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
*   Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

The Hurricane and First Aid Apps can be found in the Apple App Store, http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hurricane-by-american-red/id545689128?mt=8
The Google Play Store for Android, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.arc.hfa, by searching for American Red Cross

Prepare Now:  Get a Kit

As Isaac takes aim at Gulf Coast states, people in the area should take steps now to prepare ahead of the storm. Before a hurricane threatens South Louisiana, the Red Cross wants you to gather enough emergency supplies to meet your needs, This portable kit, stored in a sturdy, easy-to-carry and water resistant container should have enough supplies for at least three days.

* A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and ready-to-eat non-perishable foods such as tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit, and juice boxes.
* A manual can opener and cooking utensils.
* A battery powered radio or television able to receive HDTV signals, and plenty of batteries.
* A first aid kit and reference guide.
* Prescription and non-prescription medicines, eye glasses, contact lenses, and hearing aid batteries.
* Copies of important documents such as a drivers' license, birth certificate, insurance policies, and social security cards.
* Cash - ATMs, debit cards or credit cards won't work when the power is out.
* Extra clothing and blankets.
* Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.* Emergency tools.
* Extra home and car keys.
* Food and water for your pets.

Make a Plan

The American Red Cross urges every household to make a home disaster plan by working together as a family.
Identify two meeting places - one in your neighborhood and one outside your neighborhood in case you cannot go back home.
Plan your evacuation route: know where you're going and how to get there. Try to stay with friends or family outside an evacuation zone.  Red Cross shelters should be used as a last resort, but if you choose to use these evacuation shelters bring sleeping bags, medicines, clothes and other items to cover your basic needs.

Be sure to make advanced preparations for your pets. 
Tell your family about the American Red Cross Safe and Well web site, an internet-based tool that allows people affected by a disaster to  let their loved ones know of their well-being. Safe and Well:  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Individuals with disabilities and their families should also visit the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness for more preparedness  information.

Be Informed

Listen to local radio and television or NOAA weather radio reports for the latest information on a tropical storm or hurricane.If you are told to evacuate, please do so immediately. If you feel you will need extra time, please evacuate early.
* Visit http://www.arcno.org/Preparedness.php to download hurricane preparedness and safety sheets.
* Find general hurricane preparedness info: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane 

 

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