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Tips for winter storm preparation

Nov. 02, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, some people may be reconsidering how to prepare for weather emergencies.

The American Red Cross offers the following advice for storm preparation:

Know what to expect

Know your area's flood risk, if unsure; call your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, or planning and zoning department.

If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining (or snowing) for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood.

Listening to local radio or TV stations for flood information.

Prepare a family disaster plan and kit

Check to see if your insurance covers flooding. If not, find out how to get flood insurance.

Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing: first aid kit and essential medications; canned food and a can opener; at least three gallons of water per person; protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding and sleeping bags; battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries; special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members; written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so (remember, you'll need to have a professional to turn them back on); identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places in case one is not accessible.

What to do during a flood

Have your emergency kit staged and ready to go in case of an evacuation.

Fill your car's gas tank in case an evacuation notice is issued.

Heed all emergency notifications and warnings

For more information, go to www.redcross.org.