Winter Storms Update
The American Red Cross is ready to respond to the destructive winter storm that is affecting the country from just east of the Rocky Mountains to the coast of New England. The storm could impact a third of the population of the United States, and it threatens to bring blizzard conditions and heavy ice and snow. Red Cross chapters across the nation are preparing supplies and opening shelters for people who may be out of power, stranded on the road or have damage to their homes.
For people in the path of the storm, the Red Cross has offered preparedness tips for safely weathering the storm. “In the same spirit, the Red Cross strives to be ready with the resources it needs to responds disasters that occur every day.
In an average year the Red Cross responds to about 200 disasters every day and spends about $450 million on disaster relief throughout the United States. Red Cross chapters in areas seeing winter weather are opening shelters, calling disaster workers and coordinating with state and local government officials to provide relief to people in need.
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Although our area will not be impacted by this winter storm, our unusually cold winter should continue to remind families to stay prepared. The Capital Area Chapter has responded to 9 house fires in January alone. Volunteers have assisted 44 people with emergency needs such as food, shelter and clothing since the start of the new year.