The American Red Cross has issued a set of tips in the wake of possible tropical weather expected to impact Coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Forecasts call for heavy rain, which could cause coastal and flash flooding. As the storm progresses, there is also a danger of deadly riptides off the coast.
The approaching storm is a reminder that we are in the middle of hurricane season, which lasts until the end of November.
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It’s the best way to be prepared for these dangerous storms. People should:
People should also download the free Red Cross Emergency App to select up to 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts on their mobile device. The content includes expert guidance on what to do before, during and after different emergencies or disasters from home fires to hurricanes as well as locations of open shelters. All Red Cross apps can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.
If someone already has a disaster kit, now is the time make sure the food and water is still okay to consume and that copies of important documents are up to date. If they already have an emergency plan for their household, they should talk about it again with family members so everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs.
With the storms churning in the Atlantic, there is an increased risk for rip currents. Rip currents are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year, and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. Rip currents can form in any large open water area, such as low spots and breaks in sandbars, or near structures such as jetties and piers. Swimmers should be aware of the following before swimming in waters that may have rip currents.
Keep your whole family safe with these tips:
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