Be Safe in Time for Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene is predicted to be the largest storm to hit the East Coast in more than 70 years and is likely to impact big population centers like Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Please, make sure you are prepared for this “historic” hurricane wherever you are.

1. Follow the guidelines on this ( brief Hurricane Safety Checklist and forward it to friends, family, and coworkers.

2. Be informed: Visit or follow @RedCross on Twitter for preparedness updates and the Red Cross response.

3. Help out: Please click, text or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters. Every single donation brings hope to those in need. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

ARC shelters are now open. To find an open shelter in your area, access or download the free Red Cross shelter app for your iPhone.

The American Red Cross is ready to respond to Hurricane Irene. We have already deployed more than 200 emergency response vehicles to areas likely to be impacted by the storm. These trucks are equipped to distribute meals, snacks, and clean-up supplies to those in need. We are also sending an initial 60,000 shelf stable meals to Richmond VA, and 60,000 to Massachusetts; and we are working with the Southern Baptists to open kitchens and serve approximately 250,000 meals per day once the storm passes and we are able to move trailers into the areas. Finally, we have deployed hundreds of trained volunteers to the affected areas, and we have thousands more volunteers that are on alert to help.

Red Cross youth, if you are volunteering at a shelter or preparing to respond to Hurricane Irene please send me your story at

Be safe,
Alison Inceu

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