BUFFALO, NY, February 24, 2011 – The American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter is urging residents to prepare ahead for potentially dangerous weather conditions, with the National Weather Service issuing a Winter Storm Watch for all of Western New York through Friday evening. Up to ten inches of show is predicted to fall, accompanied by high winds and freezing temperatures.
The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for winter storms:
Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit for Home, Containing--
· Food- at least 3 day’s supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare foods such as canned food. Don’t forget a can opener.
· Bottled water (at least one gallon of water per person per day to last at least 3 days).
· First aid kit and essential medications.
· Battery or crank-powered NOAA weather radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
· Extra warm clothing, including boots, mittens, and a hat.
· Cell phone with charger.
· Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
· Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit for your car, too. Make sure your gas tank is full before travelling.
If the Power Goes Out--
· Do not use candles for lighting. Use flashlights or glow sticks only.
· Use items in the refrigerator first, then the freezer, then non-perishable foods.
· Use generators correctly – If you have a portable generator and the power goes out, always plan to keep the generator outdoors. Never operate it inside, in the basement, garage, carport, or near any open windows. Connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not hook up a generator directly to your home's wiring.
Know What Winter Storm WATCHES and WARNINGS Mean--
· A Winter Storm WATCH means a winter storm is possible in your area. People in a Watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via NOAA Weather radio, or local radio and television stations.
· A Winter Storm WARNING means severe, potentially life-threatening winter conditions have already begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a Warning area should take immediate precautions.
For more information on winter storm preparedness, please contact the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500, or visit www.buffaloredcross.org.
About the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter:
The American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter prepares for and responds to community disasters and emergencies and helps people lead safe and healthy lives. In the past year alone, the Greater Buffalo Chapter provided over 700 individuals with food, shelter and clothing after a fire, trained over 36,000 people how to prepare for an emergency, assisted nearly 300 service members and their families, and trained over 32,000 people in lifesaving skills. The Greater Buffalo Chapter also provides services to senior and family care givers, along with transportation and housing support to persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Red Cross is a charitable organization-not a government agency– and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.