Sunday, September 14, 2003
RED CROSS ACTIVATES HURRICANE WATCH TEAM
As The Storm Approaches, The American Red Cross of Rhode Island Stands Ready To Respond
The American Red Cross of Rhode Island has activated its Hurricane Watch Team to prepare for
the possible impact of Hurricane Isabel. Over 200 volunteer and paid staff are on alert to respond and provide emergency services that may include mass care, family assistance, disaster
health services, disaster mental health services, among others to meet the disaster-related needs of victims. In addition, shelters are ready to open as the
need arises and evaluation assessment teams are standing by to assess hurricane-related structural damages to homes.
"The Red Cross Hurricane Watch Team is the group that monitors hurricanes and
plans, prepares and mobilizes both human and material resources before a hurricane hits," said Red Cross Chapter Disaster Services Director, Nick Logothets. "Within 72
hours, they take emergency actions such as: reviewing high-risk areas and coordinating preventive operations with the Rhode Island Emergency Management
Agency, community leaders, along with other components of the preparedness phase."
The Red Cross strongly recommends that individuals and families take preventive
measures to ensure their personal safety, including:
- Listening to media hurricane progress reports and the location of shelters in your area.
- Securing a battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
- Checking emergency supplies, including food, water and clothing.
- Fueling vehicles.
- Bringing in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools, anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
- Securing building by closing and boarding up windows.
- Removing outside antennas.
- Turning refrigerator and freezer to coldest setting. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
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