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Red Cross prepares response to winter storm

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- As the first winter storm makes its way to Region 8, the Red Cross is preparing for all emergency situations.

"The Red Cross is ready for this winter weather event we're going to have, whether it's snow or sleet or ice," said Disaster Manager, Jody Carter with the Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas.

He said they are preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.  

"We have shelters that have been pre-identified and preplanned to be open as emergency shelters if needed," Carter said. "We have volunteers on standby waiting and ready to be deployed to those shelties."

"We've got shelter trailers full of equipment pre staged all across Northeast Arkansas," Carter said.

Carter said once the storm hits they will reach out to emergency management officials to see where they should open shelter.

"It will be based on need if folks are displaced and need a place to go then we're going to work with those communities to identify where those best places will be," he said. 

He says right now is the time for everyone to get ready.

"Make sure you've got water, a gallon of water per person per day and plan for 7 days," he said. "Food for everybody including your pets for 7 days."

"Prescription medications," Carter said. " Make sure your weather radio has batteries, your flashlight has batteries and gas up those generators."

Once the storm hits, Carter said they focus on mass care first.

"Open shelters, make food available , work with government partners to see what other needs are present in the community," he said. 

In addition to winter weather preparedness, Carter advises that people also keep fire safety in mind.

"When the weather gets cold, people start finding ways to heat their home and we will see a spike in home fires," Carter said. 

Carter said your emergency kit should include: noaa radio with batteries, flashlight with batteries, food for the whole family and pets for 7 days, water (a gallon per person per day), medication, and fuel for your vehicles.

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