Monthly Archives: August 2008

Red Cross Urges Vigilance As Gustav Swirls in the Gulf

ATLANTA August, 29 – As what could become Hurricane Gustav barrels towards the Gulf Coast, the Red Cross is moving both people and supplies into positions throughout the southeastern United States, including thousands of ready-to-eat meals and cots and dozens of Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs). Prior to Gustav’s landfall, the Red Cross is preparing its own shelters and supporting other shelters that will be available for people needing to evacuate. Strategically placed warehouses and chapters allow the Red Cross to set up quickly in order to provide for the needs of those affected by storms and hurricanes. While Gustav is expected to make a Louisiana landfall, experts predict that it could impact other portions of the southeastern United States. For that reason, the Red Cross urges Georgians to prepare to take action if necessary.

Hurricanes Reach Far and Wide

Although hurricanes are coastal storms, they can carry their force inland for hundreds of miles. Heavy rains, flooding, and tornadoes add to the damage that hurricanes can cause. Georgians should keep a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Gustav, and prepare now and during the rest of hurricane season to stay alert for the formation of these powerful storms.

How Georgians Can Prepare

Call your local emergency management or planning and zoning office to find out if you live in an area that could flood during heavy rains.

Make a Plan- Talk with your family about the types of storms which can result with the passage of hurricanes.

Stay Informed- Listen to local radio and television reports for guidance when disaster threatens.

Build a Disaster Kit- Include canned food and a can opener, a first aid kit battery powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries and special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.

 Red Cross Safe and Well- If you live in an area which might be heavily impacted by the storm, the Red Cross urges you to register yourself and your family on the Safe And Well website, to let family and friends around the country know of their status. The website can be updated following evacuation or following the storm.

The Safe and Well Website is Easy to Use

Visit RedCross.org, and click on the Safe and Well link.

Click on “List Myself as Safe and Well”, enter your pre-disaster address and phone number, and select any of the standard message options.

If you are concerned about a loved one, click “Search” and enter the person’s name and pre- disaster phone number OR address. If they have registered, you will be able to view the messages that they posted.

If yo don’t have internet access, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register yourself and your family. Follow the prompts for disaster information.

For More Information

American Red Cross: www.redcross.org

National Weather Service: www.nws.noaa.gov

Georgia Emergency  Management Agency: www.gema.gov

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

 

Red Cross Urges Readiness During National Preparedness Month (September)

Red Cross Stresses Fire Prevention

Photo by Gene Dailey, American Red Cross

On any given day in metro Atlanta, four to five families will experience the devastating impact of a disaster. In many cases, they will lose everything they own – to a house or apartment fire. About one third of them will be single mothers, most with children under the age of five. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room of the home. The leading case of home fires is unattended cooking, followed closely by home heating fires.

To prevent heating-related fires, the Red Cross recommends that you keep all potential fuel sources, including newspapers, matches, clothing and bedding, at least three feet away from heat sources such as a space heater or fireplace, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how, when and where to safely use heat equipment.

In addition, the Red Cross recommends that a fire escape plan include at least two escape routes for every room in the home, and a convenient meeting place at a safe distance from the fire. Escape ladders should be stored near windows in floors above ground level, and all family members should know how to use the ladders safely. Families should practice their escape plan at least twice a year.

Simple Steps to Prevent Fires

  • Provide constant adult supervision during cooking or in rooms with lit candles or fires. Do not leave burning candles unattended.      
  • Keep matches and lighters away and out of reach of children.
  • Teach young children to tell an adult in they see matches and lighters and not to touch them.
  • Teach adolescents to resist peer pressure and not to play with fire if curious or bored.

For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit, www.atlantaredcross.org

                                         

 

The Tropics Are Revving Up— Are You Ready?

Hurricane Season Picking Up Steam

The 2008 hurricane season is off to a fairly decent start with the coming and going of Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly and Edouard. In fact, the National Weather Service predicts that the U.S. will experience up to 12-16 named stormes, 6-9 hurricanes and 2-5 intense hurricanes during 2008, a reminder that we should prepare for potential weather emergencies.

Hurricanes Reach Far and Wide

Although Hurricanes are coastal storms, they can carry their force inland for hundreds of miles. Heavy rains, flooding and tornadoes add to the damage that hurricanes can cause. For this reason, Georgians should prepare during the hurricane season to stay alert for the formation of these powerful storms.

How You Can Prepare

Call  your local emergency management or planning and zoning office to find out if you live in an area that could flood during heavy rains.    

Make A Plan – Talk with your family about the type of storms which can result with the passage of hurricanes.

Stay Informed – Listen to local radio and television reports for guidance when disaster threatens.

Build A Disaster Kit – Include canned food and a can opener, a first aid kit, battery powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries and special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.