Disaster Alert: Winter Storm from Virginia to Maine

January 27, 2011

Disaster Alert

A winter storm dumped several inches of snow downing power lines, trees, leaving over half a stranding motorists and million customers without power.

Chapters conducted call downs with all community chapters in their region, placed them on stand-by and communicated with local emergency management.

The chapters continue to monitor the situation to provide assistance, if needed.

Disaster Alert: Flooding in Maine

December 15, 2010

Disaster Alert

Maine – Rain and melting snow flooded parts of the state yesterday. The hardest hit area was Washington County.

The Pine Tree Chapter opened a shelter for displaced residents and will do Disaster Assessment when conditions permit.

Disaster Alert: Flooding in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine

March 31, 2010

Disaster Alert

Record setting rain has closed roads and prompted evacuations, and officials are warning of more problems ahead as rivers continue to rise. Massachusetts and New Hampshire remain under a state of emergency.

The Massachusetts Bay Chapter opened two shelters and the Central Massachusetts Chapter opened one shelter with one overnight resident. DR number 343-10 was issued for this incident.

The NH Gateway chapter opened one shelter but had no overnight residents.

Chapters are in communication with their State Emergency Operations Center.

Disaster Alert: Winter Storm in Massachusetts and Maine

March 1, 2010

Disaster Alert

Massachusetts – A winter storm, that dumped rain and snow throughout the state closed roads, damaged hundreds of homes and caused power outages to thousands of local residents on Friday.

The ARC of Massachusetts Bay Chapter deployed Disaster Action Team (DAT) and opened a shelter for the evacuees

The ARC of Northeast Massachusetts Chapter deployed DAT and opened a shelter for affected-area residents.

All other chapters provided mutual aid.

Maine – A winter storm caused power outages to thousands of local residents of York, Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties on Friday.

The ARC of Southern Maine Chapter deployed Disaster Action Team (DAT), opened 2 shelters and provided Mass Care (MC) for residents in the affected area. They also worked closely with the local Emergency Management (EOC).

The Mid Coast Chapter deployed DAT, opened a shelter and provided MC for affected-area residents. They also worked closely with the local Emergency Management.

The State Emergency Operations Center was also staffed.

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.

Disaster Alert: Power Outage in Maine

February 24, 2009

Disaster Alert

Maine – A winter storm caused power outages to 140,000 homes throughout central Maine yesterday.  The Red Cross opened two shelters and provided meals to people displaced by the storm.

Chapters Responding:

Winter Storms: Red Cross Shelters Hundreds as Severe Weather Hits Northeast

December 15, 2008

Winter Storms – Release – December 2008


The American Red Cross sheltered hundreds of people over the weekend who were affected by ice storms in the Northeast. Working with local partners, Red Cross chapters opened shelters in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

“Unfortunately, ice storms are par for the course during the New England winter. But the Red Cross is always ready to give people a safe and warm place to go when there are widespread power outages like this,” said Joe Becker, senior vice president of Disaster Services.

Severe winter weather also threatens other parts of the country this week, including states in the Midwest and West.

The Red Cross encourages everyone to be prepared:

  • If a winter storm WATCH is issued in your area, it means a winter storm is possible. Pay attention to updates from local radio and TV stations, and avoid any unnecessary travel.
  • If a winter storm WARNING is issued, it means a winter storm is headed for your area. Stay indoors during the storm if possible. If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat.
  • A blizzard WARNING means strong winds, blinding wind-driven snow and dangerous wind chill are expected. Seek shelter immediately.

Avoid traveling by car in a storm, but if you must, make sure you have a disaster supplies kit in the trunk. Keep your car’s gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing. Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.

If you get stuck while driving:

  • Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won’t back up in the car.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.
  • As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
  • Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.


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