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Red Cross Helps Citizens Prepare For Severe Weather

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When a tragedy strikes the Red Cross is ready to give a helping hand but it wants citizens to also prepare to help themselves. Before a serious weather threat moves through, you want to make sure your emergency kit is filled with items you may need at a moment's notice.

"What would you need to reestablish yourself somewhere else? Your birth certificate, your social security card, your important documents, you would need some cash," said Red Cross Southeast Georgia Chapter Emergency Services Assistant Program Manager, Mark Moses-Hunt.

While some folks will be able to head out of town before a disaster, Mark Hunt with the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross said those who can't will be helped to safety.

"Because we are a coastal county we would not open up a shelter here along the coast and so our plan is to move individuals inland. We would move Chatham County residents, if they don't have transportation, they would get on a bus and moved to Augusta," said Hunt.

Trailers filled with supplies are also on hand to offer temporary relief. 

"It has your cots, it has your blankets, and it has your comfort kits, your toothpaste, deodorant, it has a generator for backup power," said Hunt.

Hunt said one of the important items you want to keep close to you though is a lesson learned from the Oklahoma tornadoes.

"If the ceiling collapsed on us now and we were trapped in this building and we have a whistle around our neck or in our safe room we could blow that whistle with every heart beat and somebody would be able to find us," said Hunt.

It's also vital to set up a communication plan with family members so it's one less thing on your mind. 

"My communication plan is I will call one family member in Ohio and tell them to get a hold of everyone else because as power goes out as batteries go dead then your family starts to worry and that's how you can prevent all that worrying," said Hunt.

Hunt also adds you want to at least have three to five days worth of supplies stocked up in case help can't get to you immediately.

The Red Cross has multiple free apps you can download on your phone to help you before, during, and after a storm. You can check out how to prepare for severe weather here: http://www.redcross.org/prepare

 

 

 

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