Monday, September 14, 2009

It's raining! It's pouring! But, somehow no one manages to get sleep here.

We are still celebrating National Preparedness Month and as the old saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. That includes our thunderstorms. Last weekend, north Texas took a beating. Between constant flash flood warnings and record rain fall, the American Red Cross – Dallas Area Chapter was busy responding to calls and going to where help was needed. Of course, as always we offer some suggestions on how to stay out of the rain and safe during severe weather.

Prepare for a tornado
· Find a place where your family can gather on the lowest floor and away from windows in your home.

Get a disaster supplies kit that includes:
· A first aid kit
· Canned food and a can opener
· Three gallons of water per person
· Protective clothing
· Bedding or sleeping bags
· A battery-powered radio and flashlight; extra batteries
· Special items for infants or the elderly
· Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, water and gas in case instructed by authorities

Watch for the warnings
· Listen to your local radio station to stay abreast to the latest weather information
· Check the chapter’s Facebook and Twitter updates for the latest information pertaining to weather and shelters.

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