Red Cross urges everyone to prepare for winter weather

AMERICAN RED CROSS Modified: November 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012
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• Heeding Storm Warnings: A winter storm WATCH means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via NOAA Weather radio, or local radio or television stations. A winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

• Preparing Your Home and Car: Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Running water, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing.

For more information on winter storm preparedness, contact the [chapter name] Chapter of the American Red Cross at [chapter phone number], visit www.redcross.org or www.cruzrojaamericana.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS. We urge you to share these Red Cross winter storm preparedness tips with every member of your household, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time.

Here are helpful links from the National Weather Service relating to winter weather preparedness.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=safety-winter

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=events-20110208

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=events-20110131

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=events-20100128

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=events-20091224



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