Red Cross: How You Should Prepare

What should you do before the storm hits?

The American Red Cross is urging everyone in our region to begin preparing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy as the storm spins its way up the Atlantic Ocean.

The NBC10 Weather team says the storm could make landfall on the East Coast possibly early Tuesday, but the impact of the storm could be felt as early as Sunday.

The exact track of the storm is not yet known, but there is a chance it could turn left and head toward our region.

There is also the potential of a possible Nor'easter for our area.

Are you prepared in the event of a storm? Here is a checklist from the Red Cross:

  • Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture)
  • Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as
    much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

Click here for more on what should be in your storm preparedness kit. NBC10 Meteorologist Michelle Grossman talked to emergency responders.

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