January 2, 2014 | 65 views
Red Cross geared up for blizzard, offers guidelines
As Long Island residents experiences its first major snowfall of the season, so too are relief organizations across the area.
Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest, Long Island's largest hunger relief organization, said the storm shouldn't effect her organization's efforts in feeding people in need. "Island Harvest food bank's emergency preparedness protocol ensures that its network of food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency feeding programs across Long Island have a sufficient supply of allocated food product necessary to meet the needs of the clients served," Dresner said Thursday afternoon. "We are closely monitoring the storm, and will continue to make scheduled food deliveries as safe road conditions allow. At this point we feel confident that our agencies have enough food on hand for the next 24-48 hours."
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on snowstorms and blizzards from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain, snow or dense fog.
-Keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
- When shoveling snow, take frequent breaks to avoid risk of injury or cardiac arrest.
- Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
- Bring pets inside during winter weather.
- Make sure coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and warm clothing are available for all household members, along with extra blankets.
- Eat regular meals and stay hydrated, but avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
Heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires.
- Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.