Nichole Hannahs

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

by Nichole Hannahs on October 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

As Hurricane Sandy prepares to hit landfall late Monday our own weather could be affected by this storm.

50 million people from the east coast to the Great Lakes are on guard. The National Weather Service warns people living in low lying areas and along the Lake Erie Shoreline to watch for flooding. Winds with guests up to 65mph are expected across Ohio.  These winds could cause power outages.

"We have put all of our shelters on stand-by and a lot of our volunteers on stand-by just in case we do need to open shelters," said Muskingum Valley Red Cross Executive Director Marlene Henderson.

Henderson said to prepare by stocking up on a three day supply of food and water and make sure all cell phones are completely charged. One piece of equipment is a must.

"I cannot stress enough to make sure you have a battery operated radio and fresh batteries for that. Now is the time," said Henderson.

Henderson said to also call an out of town relative and share your disaster plan so they know where they can contact you. Information on shelters can be found by calling 211 and of course by tuning in to WHIZ-TV, Radio and our website.

For more tips on preparing for disaster visit the Red Cross website.