Hurricane Irene- One year later
One year after Tropical Storm Irene, the Red Cross is still active with programs targeted to help towns and individuals prepare for emergencies when outside assistance is not available. Though barely hitting New York, the Tropical Strom Irene ravaged thirteen towns in Vermont in a matter of just a few days. Regional executive director of the Red Cross of Vermont and New Hampshire Valley, Larry Crist, said that the initiative provides towns with equipment and training. “and operate that shelter when outside assistance can’t arrive for up to three day – to address exactly the issue that we experienced with Irene.” All towns in Vermont are eligible to receive an emergency kit to prepare them for that scenario. The kit is durable and compact enough to fit in the back of a minivan. “It consists of 25 cots, 50 blankets, emergency windup lighting, emergency windup radio, 10 cases of water, and largely the training to be able to open that shelter and run it in an independent fashion,” Crist says.