Ian Heads For Florida As A Major Storm – Prepare Now

Florida residents should prepare for a major hurricane as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens and heads into the state as a possible Category 4 hurricane with winds above 130 mph. The entire state of Florida is in a state of emergency and the American Red Cross is urging everyone in the area to prepare now for the storm.

Experts report that Ian will intensify to major hurricane strength later today, dropping heavy rain in Florida through Wednesday. Later this week, Ian will move inland through the southeast or along the east coast. People in the path of this storm should have their hurricane plan in place and monitor the situation closely throughout the week.

THE RED CROSS IS PREPARING The Red Cross is monitoring the situation closely and working with partners to shelter and support people who may be affected by this storm.

In addition to our pre-positioned supplies, the Red Cross has disaster teams and other relief supplies en route to the area to support those affected by Ian. Rescuers are coordinating response plans with local officials and preparing to open hurricane evacuation shelters if necessary. We help anyone in need after a disaster, and everyone is welcome in our shelters.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW It is essential to listen to the advice of local authorities and evacuate immediately if asked to do so. We encourage safety and being out of harm’s way above all else. Know the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means conditions are likely and to remain vigilant — a warning means to act now.

Tune into your local radio, NOAA Radio or news channel for the latest updates.

HOW TO PREPARE People in the path of this storm should take these steps to prepare.

  • First, create an escape plan. Plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and need to evacuate.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, flashlight, battery operated radio, first aid kit, medications, infant or pet supplies household items, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra money, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact details.
  • To be informed. Find out how local authorities will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information, such as evacuation orders. Tune into your local radio, NOAA radio or news channel for the latest updates.

Be sure to include your pets in your emergency plan. The Red Cross is unable to accommodate pets in our shelters for everyone’s safety. If you are evacuating with pets, consider visiting RedRover.org to view their list of bug out shelter resources and pet-friendly tips.

Download the free Red Cross Emergency app for real-time alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations, and safety advice on hurricanes and other emergencies. Download the app by searching for “American Red Cross” in your app store or by going to redcross.org/apps. You can find more information on hurricane safety here.

FIND A SHELTER Anyone who needs a safe place to go can find information about Red Cross open shelters at redcross.org, the free Red Cross Emergency app, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). Download the app by searching for “American Red Cross” in your app store or by going to redcross.org/apps. You can also check with local authorities and follow the local news to find out where to find emergency shelter.

To help keep everyone safe, everyone in Red Cross emergency shelters must wear a face covering.

We encourage people planning to stay at a Red Cross shelter to bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, other comfort items, and important documents. Don’t forget to bring special items for children, such as diapers, formula, and toys, or for family members with special needs.

Red Cross shelters are open to anyone in need, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or citizenship status. All disaster assistance is free. We don’t require people to show ID to enter a shelter – just their name and where they lived before the disaster.

YOU CAN HELP people affected by disasters such as storms and countless other crises by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters, big or small. Visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS HELP Generous donations from members of the annual Red Cross Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Response Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters, large and small, to intervene whenever a disaster strikes and to help families through the recovery process.

Million Dollar ADGP Members:
Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Bank of America; Best buy; Caterpillar Foundation; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Wholesale Costco; Delta Airlines; Elevance Health Foundation; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; McDonald’s Corporation; Microsoft Corp. ; National Foundation; PayPal; PetSmart charities; The Starbucks Foundation; State Farm; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Truist Foundation; VSP Vision; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and Wells Fargo.

$500,000 ADGP Members:
Altria Group; American Express; Aon; Bread Financial; Calmoseptine, Inc.; Capital 1; CarMax; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental; general dollar; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Company; General Motors; Google.org The Home Depot Foundation; International Paper; The JM Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; Mutual freedom of insurance; Lockheed Martin Company; MasterCard; Merck; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Organon; PepsiCo Foundation; selling power ; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stanley Black & Decker; Target; The companies TJX, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; USAA; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and the Wawa Foundation.

ADGP Members $250,000:
7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; The AES company; Ameriprise Financial; Assuring; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; Barclays; Big 5 Sporting Goods; CDW; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; NAC insurance; The Coca-Cola Company; CSX; The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Discover; Duke Energy; Dutch Bros Foundation; Fair; FirstEnergy Corporation; Gopuff; Port Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; HCA Health; Hewlett Packard Corporate Foundation; HP Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; The Labcorp Charitable Foundation; Lenovo Foundation; LHC Group; Major League Baseball; Marathon Petroleum Foundation, Inc.; Martin Marietta; Mattress company; McKesson Foundation; MetLife Foundation; Neiman Marcus Group; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Northrop Grumman; Northwest Mutual; Former Dominion Freight Line; Pacific Life Foundation; Procter & Gamble; Prudential; Raytheon Technologies; Reckitt; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Project, a New Venture Fund project; Ross Stores Foundation; Ryder System, Inc.; San Manuel Mission Band of Indians; the Lending Hand Foundation of Security Finance; ServiceNow; South West Airlines; Tata Consulting Services; U-Haul International; American Bank Foundation; and Zurich.

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