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Red Cross Encourages Coastal Communities to Remain Vigilant About Preparedness

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TINTON FALLS, NJ — As Hermine continues to churn out in the Atlantic Ocean, the American Red Cross New Jersey Region is ready to respond and encourages residents to remain informed and prepared should the storm impact the Garden State.

People living in coastal communities that may be threatened by strong winds and flooding caused by Hermine should stay informed about local weather conditions and take steps to prepare.

·         Pay attention to local weather advisories and heed warnings from officials

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·         Secure items that can be picked up by the wind, like outdoor furniture

Be sure your emergency kit includes a three-day supply of water for each person and food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, first aid kit, medications, personal hygiene items, phone chargers and extra cash. Also, don’t forget to include essential medications, copies of important documents and special items for children and pets

·         Keep flashlights and extra batteries handy

Plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and what to do should you need to evacuate

Flood Safety In the event of flooding, stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing water that is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Avoid driving on flooded roadways. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.  If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.

Power Outage Safety During a power outage, use flashlights of emergency glow sticks to light your home. Avoid candles due to the risk of fire. Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.

Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit outside away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.

Download the free Red Cross Emergency App.  The Red Cross Emergency App sends location-based weather alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It includes information about what to do in case of hurricanes, flooding and other disasters, how to assemble an emergency kit for your family, an “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know you are okay, and a real-time map to help you find the location of Red Cross shelters should you need to evacuate your home. The app also includes a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The free Red Cross Emergency App has a Spanish language toggle switch and can be downloaded by visiting redcross.org/apps.

For free preparedness tools and resources, visit redcross.org/prepare.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visitredcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,800 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey last year, the Red Cross responded to 889 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping 1,820 displaced families; collected 88,439 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 3,920 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 117,088 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit redcross.org/NJ or visit us on Twitter@NJRedCross.

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