American Red Cross Tips For Dealing with Sandy

by ETonline Staff 1:52 PM PDT, October 30, 2012
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For those dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross has survival tips and ways for you to get assistance now.

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As many have been left without power, the Red Cross advises to use flashlights instead of candles, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment to avoid damaging them when the power is restored.

For those dealing with flooding, the Red Cross recommends heading for higher ground, keeping away from loose or downed power lines and staying out of any building that has water around it.

As Hurricane Sandy continues to move northeast, states of emergency have been declared in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

The American Red Cross is mobilizing an urgent and massive response to Hurricane Sandy. Last night, the Red Cross sheltered 3,200 people in 112 locations across 9 states and they expect those numbers to increase as Sandy continues to cause wide-spread flooding, power outages and damage due to sustained winds.

If you need a safe place to stay, shelter info is available here.