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3/26/09

Red Cross in Lubbock has simple storm safety tips

LUBBOCK, TX (PRESS RELEASE) --

American Red Cross Urges Preparedness for Winter Weather
 Safety Tips for Your Home and Vehicle

LUBBOCK, TEXAS: MARCH 26, 2009- With reports of freezing rain expected throughout parts of the South Plains tonight, the American Red Cross is urging families to take the following actions now to prepare for hazardous winter weather.

The Red Cross recommends everyone prepare for severe weather conditions in the following ways:  

Get a Disaster Supplies Kit For Your Home:

  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and hygiene).
  • Three-day supply of non perishable, high-energy food and a manual can opener.
  • First aid kit and essential medications.
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Extra warm clothing, including boots, mittens, and a hat.
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificate, title/deed to home, insurance policies, etc) in a water-proof container.

Get a Disaster Supplies Kit For Your Vehicle: (all of the above plus)

  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type).
  • Compass and road maps.
  • Shovel.
  • Tire repair kit and pump.
  • Flares.
  • Extra clothing to keep dry.
  • Sack of sand or cat litter (for tire traction).
  • Tow rope.

 

Be Informed:

  • Learn how you would receive information from local officials should hazardous winter weather affect your neighborhood.
  • Know the difference between a winter storm WATCH (a winter storm is possible in your area) and a winter storm WARNING (a winter storm is headed for your area).

 

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If the Power Goes Out:

  • Do not use candles for lighting if the power goes out. Use flashlights only.
  • Use items in the refrigerator first, then 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, including 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.


Hazardous Winter Travel:
The American Red Cross strongly urges everyone to monitor weather reports and follow the directions of local authorities. If travel is absolutely necessary during potentially dangerous winter weather, inform someone of your travel route, destination and expected arrival time. Store a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle and remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid ice building up in the gas tank and fuel lines.

In Case of Black Ice:

  • Stay with your vehicle. Do not try to walk to safety as you risk developing hypothermia and/or frostbite.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Start the vehicle and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the vehicle.
  • As you sit, move your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to help you stay warm.
  • Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.
  • Leave the overhead light on inside the vehicle when the engine is running so you can be seen.
  • After the snow has stopped falling, raise the hood to indicate you need help.


For more information about how you can prepare for a variety of winter weather-related disasters including winter and ice storms, power outages and floods contact you're the South Plains Regional Chapter at 806-765-8534or visit http://lubbock.redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. 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. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org

Donations are welcome at the South Plains Regional Chapter at 2201 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79424, or by calling 806-765-8534.  The South Plains Regional Chapter is committed to serving the following counties: Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Terry, and Yoakum Counties.  The South Plains Regional Chapter has been serving our communities for over 90 years!  Visit us online at http://lubbock.redcross.org.

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