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Date:12/11/2007

like the Southern Baptist Convention and The Salvation Army, to meet constant food and shelter and warming center needs in a situation like this. Funding for cots, blankets, hot meals and transportation comes from the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which is then replenished by gifts from local and national donors who demonstrate their compassion through the Red Cross.
Make a Winter Storm Plan:

-- Get a disaster supplies kit for your home and vehicle. Detailed

information on what to include in your kit can be found at

http://www.redcross.org

-- Be prepared to shelter at home in case of severe weather. Have

additional food and water stored to last seven to14 days

-- Have extra blankets on hand

-- Ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or

mittens, a hat and water- resistant boots

-- Have your vehicle winterized before the weather gets severe

-- Decide how you would communicate with your family members should you

be separated and unable to travel when a winter storm hits.

Be Informed:

-- Learn how to receive information from local officials should

hazardous winter weather affect your neighborhood

-- Know the difference between a winter storm WATCH (a winter storm is

possible in your area) and a winter storm WARNING (a winter storm is

headed for your area)

-- Consider getting first aid and CPR training in case you need to

respond in an emergency before professionals arrive on the scene.

If the Power Goes Out:

-- Do not use candles for lighting if the power goes out. Use

flashlights only

-- Use items in the refrigerator first, then freezer, then

non-perishable foods

-- Use generators correctly - If you have a portable generator and the

power goes out, always plan to keep the g
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