Updated 10/26/2012 10:32 PM
Red Cross offers hurricane preparedness tips
Preparation is key when it comes to storms. Many people along the eastern seaboard are getting ready for whatever Hurricane Sandy will bring. It's unclear how much of an impact the storm will have on our region at this time. But as our Iris St. Meran explains, it's best to start planning way ahead of time.
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CENTRAL NEW YORK -- It's hard to pinpoint Hurricane Sandy's path and severity in our region at this time. But the American Red Cross is urging you to be prepared for whatever this storm will bring.
Central New York Red Cross Chief Communications Officer Matt Michael said, "If you don't have it already, pick up water. We recommend a three day supply. Water and food that doesn't have to be refrigerated or cooked."
Michael also suggests getting batteries, flashlights in case power does go out. These are all supplies that may not be needed, but can be used at any time in the future. Outside of that, the Red Cross urges preparedness for your family by having an escape route and communication plan.
"If we cannot get in touch with you or you can't get home or we can't get to where you are, where can we meet,” Michael added. “That may not be possible, but you can know where your loved ones are at."
They are also practicing what they're preaching to you. Staff met most of the day to come up with a plan in the event Hurricane Sandy causes major damage. Volunteers are prepared and on call should they need to deploy to areas in need. Plans they are hoping they won't have to act on.