Red Cross Urges Residents to Prepare for Remnants of Hurricane Florence, Red Cross Deploys Local Volunteers, Vehicles

Health and Fitness

September 11, 2018

Medford, Mass – The American Red Cross is urging Massachusetts residents to prepare for severe weather as Hurricane Florence prepares to make landfall and potentially travel up the east coast.

The Red Cross has already deployed nine volunteers from Massachusetts and is preparing to deploy emergency vehicles to Virginia and the Carolinas to assist those who might be impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence brings the potential of heavy rain and flooding to much of the East Coast of the United States. Late winter storms earlier this year brought flood waters into coastal communities and caused power outages. The Red Cross urges residents to be prepared with information and supplies as the potential for severe weather is on the horizon.

September is also National Preparedness Month, and a good time to have family disaster plans and emergency kits on hand in case of severe weather.

Flood Zones

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) offers a detailed coastal map of flood zones in Massachusetts. High winds can push storm surge into homes and heavy rain fall can cause water to pool in low lying areas. The Massachusetts flood zone map can be found at the following address:

Family Emergency Plan

Having a plan is the key to success. Making an emergency plan today, and talking about it with all family members will help keep you safe in the event of severe weather. A plan includes setting a meeting location, making sure everyone has their emergency contacts in cell phones, deciding whether to evacuate or shelter in place and how to take care of pets. More info can be found at the following address:

Emergency Kit

A good emergency kit will sustain you and your family for three days. Items such as water, non-perishable foods that do not need cooking, batteries and emergency flash lights and radios, eyeglasses and specialized medical equipment, extra cash and basic documents such as identification cards and bank information should all be included in an emergency kit. More information can be found at:

Disaster relief is the cornerstone of Red Cross work after hurricanes. Red Cross volunteers begin work in communities affected by disaster once declared safe by local authorities. Volunteers bring food, water, clean-up supplies and financial assistance to those affected by disaster. You can help. A financial donation allows the Red Cross to put resources where they are most needed. You can also sign up to volunteer in your local area, helping to build stronger communities which are more resilient after disasters. Visit  to donate or volunteer.

The Red Cross of Massachusetts is deploying local volunteers to disaster areas as needed. Red Cross emergency vehicles will also be deployed to impacted areas. For more information or for an interview, please contact Jeff Hall at  or at 617-999-3319.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or,  or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.