Disaster Alert: Winter Storms hit the Carolinas

March 3, 2009

Disaster Alert

South Carolina and North Carolina – A powerful winter storm system caused travelers to be stranded and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents throughout the Carolinas. The Chapters opened 3 shelters and provided meals and snacks for local residents and travelers stranded by the storm.

Chapters Responding:


Press Release: Update from Greensboro, North Carolina

March 3, 2009

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The Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross, in collaboration with the City of Greensboro, Guilford County Departments of Emergency Management, Public Health and Social Services, closed the emergency shelter at Glenwood Recreation Center this morning. Glenwood Recreation Center is located at 20-10 Coliseum Boulevard in Greensboro. There were no residents at the shelter last night or this morning.

Now is the time to prepare…be Red Cross Ready by taking three simple actions to prepare for disaster and other emergencies:

1) Get a kit
2) Make a plan and
3) Be informed

Preparing for disasters ahead of time helps people stay safer and empowers them to be better able to respond to disasters and other life-threatening emergencies. The Red Cross is here to help ensure that getting better prepared is a resolution you can keep.

A free online education module is available at www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady to guide users through the three preparedness actions. The ten minute presentation, which is available in English and Spanish, includes a downloadable disaster supplies kit checklist and emergency contact card.


Press Release: Update from Greensboro, North Carolina

March 2, 2009

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Greensboro Red Cross to Open Emergency Shelter for those affected by Power Outages and Winter Storm

GREENSBORO, NC March 2, 2009 -Due to an extensive power outage in the aftermath of yesterday’s snow storm, your Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross, in collaboration with the City of Greensboro, Guilford County Departments of Emergency Management, Public Health and Social Services, will open an emergency shelter at Glenwood Recreation Center at 6:00pm tonight (Monday, March 2, 2009).

Glenwood Recreation Center is located at 20-10 Coliseum Boulevard in Greensboro. It is open to those affected by this disaster needing a meal and emergency shelter and will remain open as needed. Shelter residents are asked to bring any necessary medicines, provisions for special dietary needs, formula and diapers for infants, a pillow and blanket for each member of the family, a change of clothing, and books and simple toys for children.

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.

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 your local Red Cross chapter or www.redcross.org.


Postcard from the Field: Jennifer Ryan, Chapter CEO

March 2, 2009

Back-to-back disasters hit Salem, Alabama this weekend. The area was hit with several tornadoes on Saturday and a snow storm on Sunday.

Double Disaster: Alabama Tornado and Snow Relief  3.1.09

Double Disaster: Alabama Tornado and Snow Relief  3.1.09

Update from Jennifer Ryan, Executive Director of the Lee County Chapter:

“We had a F2 tornado touch down in Salem, Alabama on Saturday morning February 28 at about 7 am. The Lee County Red Cross responded as soon as we were cleared by local officials to go into the area.

We set up a feeding and warming center right away and began disaster assessment. We provided mobile feeding services throughout the weekend and caseworkers went door to door meeting with clients and leaving information about how to contact the Red Cross for assistance.

Today we continue to help those affected by the disaster pick up the pieces left behind by the storm.”


Disaster Alert: East Coast Winter Storms

March 2, 2009

Disaster Alert

Winter Storms: From Georgia to New York A large winter storm with snow and winds blanketed the east coast and caused some power outages and poor road conditions.

Chapters along the east coast are in touch with local authorities to assess the need for shelters, warming centers, and food distribution.


Tips to stay safe in the snow

March 1, 2009
Weather Warnings Map from the National Weather Service

Weather Warnings Map from the National Weather Service

A major weather front is expected along the east coast over the next 36 hours. According to the National Weather Service:

A major winter storm is expected along the Interstate 95 corridor from the Carolinas to Maine through Monday. Heavy snow is expected to arrive in the Washington DC area by mid to late Sunday afternoon. Snowfall could accumulate from 7 to 14 inches from DC to Boston by Monday evening. For latest forecasts and warnings for your location, please check your local Weather Forecast Office web site.

Here’s how you can prepare:


Handout: Winter Storms Safety Checklist

March 1, 2009
Click the image to open the PDF

Click the image to open the PDF

Originally published on 2/2/09. Re-posted on 3/1/09.

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