Red Cross Director Gives Storm Preparation Advice

In the interview below, Scott Stevens talks to Michelle McCormick, Director of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Red Cross about what you should be doing to prepare for Hurricane Florence.  The action item list is also below the interview.


From Michelle McCormick of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Red Cross:

As we prepare for the unknown effects of Hurricane Florence in the area; I wanted to reach out and share some key points as you prepare your families and workplaces. Keep in mind – we do not know the wind or rain levels but it is always in best interest to be prepared for anything including flooding, power outages and strong winds. Although, I have no doubt each of you are taking precautions for the impending storm it is with sincerity I share a few things to keep in mind as your colleague, friend and local Red Cross representative.


  1. Follow the guidance of our local officials. Stay tuned to weather broadcasts via TV, computer, and radio.
  2. Know your area – what zone you fall into regarding flooding.
  3. Download to your cellphone, the Red Cross Emergency App; hurricane. This will give you information regarding your location and there is a shelter app for information regarding open shelters.
  4. Be sure to have the following for your family on hand - prescription and emergency medication, water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, gas in the car, etc. Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers and formula. Don’t forget your pets – be sure there is food for them as well.
  5. If you are heading to an evacuation shelter be sure you bring medications, comfort items, important documents, infant needs – diapers, formula, blanket, toys, etc…
  6. There is more information about how to prepare for a disaster on our website or watch this preparedness video. (Below)
  7. Charge all cell phones prior to the storm making land fall and keep charged as best you can before power is affected if at all.

Red Cross staff and volunteers stand ready to offer refuge and comfort to people in harm’s way. We’re coordinating closely with government and community partners to preposition supplies—including cots, blankets, hygiene kits, food and water—and are on standby to support the opening of shelters and evacuation centers in safe, pre-identified areas. Feel free to reach out to me for any information, keep watch on the Red Cross app, watch your local news listings for shelter openings and always feel free to call 1-800-RedCross for information regarding your specific location’s shelter openings or loved ones affected by the storm.



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