Red Cross Prepares for Hurricane Irma

The American Red Cross continues to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey while getting ready to respond as powerful Hurricane Irma nears the United States and its territories. Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm on record and people in the possible path of this storm should monitor weather reports and get prepared now.

Hurricane Safety Steps 

Find a shelter by visiting redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App also puts real time information about the storm and hurricane safety tips at your fingertips. The app is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. 

You can also follow these safety steps:
 If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary.
 Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe to do so.
 Head for higher ground and stay there.
 Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
 Turn around, don’t drown. If 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.
 Keep children out of the water.
 Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.
 Make sure you have a plan and supplies for your pets. Download the free Red Cross Pet First Aid App for emergency preparedness tips, a pet-friendly hotel locator and an animal hospital locator. 

During the storm:
 Stay indoors.
 Don’t walk on beaches, riverbanks or in flood waters.
 Use flashlights in the dark if the power goes out. Do NOT use candles.
 Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
 Don’t forget your pets. Bring them indoors and maintain direct control of them. Prepare an emergency kit for your pets, including sturdy leashes or pet carriers, food and water, bowls, cat litter and pan, and photos of you with your pet in case they get lost.

Find more information on preparedness on redcross.org.

TO MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION:The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Irma by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED-CROSS texting the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

TO VOLUNTEER:Visit redcross.org/volunteer to complete a volunteer application and see what opportunities are available.

TO DONATE BLOOD: Visit redcrossblood.org for a location or blood drive near you.

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 visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @Red

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