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As severe weather from Hurricane Sandy threatens the East Coast the best thing you can do is to be prepared. Here are things you can do to keep yourself safe and secure if you are in an area affected by the storm:

  • Pay attention to the latest weather reports
  • Make sure you have cash on hand in case the power is down and ATM machines aren’t working
  • Prepare a plan for you home or business
  • Have a disaster emergency kit including important documents and the following items: medications, baby food and diapers, pet food and water, cash or travelers checks, sleeping bags, changes of clothing, household or medicinal bleach to use as a disinfectant, fire extinguisher, matches, personal hygiene items, a mess kit.


The National Weather Service recommends that you plan for the safety of your pets and identify safe areas and escape routes within your home.

If you are looking for ways that you can help support relief efforts the American Red Cross needs your help. Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross, says that “This will be a large, costly relief response and the Red Cross needs help now. People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone.”

The Red Cross also needs blood donations, as more than 100 blood drives had to be cancelled due to the storm. Those in unaffected areas are asked to donate if possible. For more information on how to donate to the Red Cross directly see