Hurricane Sandy: Tips for Staying Safe after the Storm
By HOPE worldwide
In the wake of superstorm Sandy, meteorologists are predicting a Nor'easter to threaten the northeastern United States starting Wednesday. Although current reports indicate that the storm is moving further offshore and will likely not be as intense as originally anticipated, heavy rains and winds will still be a factor for this already battered region.
With the approaching storm, HOPE worldwide wants to remind disciples and volunteers to stay safe by following these tips (provided by the American Red Cross):
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Don’t use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal- burning device inside a home, garage, basement, or any partially enclosed area. Locate the unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
- Do not use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens or clothes dryers for heating your home.
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get to fresh air immediately, and then call 9-1-1.
Cold Weather Tips
- Make sure you have coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and warm clothing for all household members, along with extra blankets.
- Eat regular meals and stay hydrated, but avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages which can cause dehydration.
- Go to a designated public shelter if your home is without power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
- With temperatures dropping, many people may consider using kerosene heaters or fireplaces to stay warm. Please remember these important fire-safety tips:
- Place the heater on a level, hard and non-flammable surface in the home.
- Keep potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves or fireplaces. Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters
If you or someone you know needs to find a shelter, they can download the Red Cross Hurricane App, visit the “Find a Shelter” page on the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets. People can let their loved ones know how they are by using the “I’m Safe” button on the Red Cross Hurricane App which can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for "American Red Cross". You can also register on the "Red Cross Safe and Well" website to let loved ones know they are okay. To register, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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