Be prepared for flooding

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is closely watching the forecast today, which predicts coastal flooding in some parts of the region. We are calling on volunteers to be ready to assist should we need to open shelters, and we are staffing the Emergency Operations Center as it opens.

In the meantime, we urge you to:

  • Assemble a preparedness kit: Gather the things you would need if you’ll be out of your home for a few days. Basic necessities include medication, glasses, clothing, water, snacks, flashlight and batteries.
  • Pay attention to updates: Watch your local news or follow @RedCrossEastMA on Twitter for updates. Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • Download the app: Download Red Cross preparedness apps for your smartphone. Our free apps have tips and real-time information to help you prepare, as well as tools to help you keep in touch during and after a major storm. Get the apps for iPhones or Android phones at http://www.redcross.org/mobileapps. Our hurricane apps have notifications about wind gusts, and tools like strobes and flashlights for your phone.
  • Head to higher ground: When a flood or flash flooding is issued in your area, head for higher ground and stay there. Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go the other way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • Be careful on the roads: If you come around a flooded road, turn around and go the other way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Stay alert: Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to recognize flood danger. Keep an eye on children – they are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
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