August 28, 2011 - Red Cross volunteers Rick Knight, standing, and Dick Stelmat, seated, plot Connecticut shelter locations on a map in the Connecticut Region Headquarters in Farmington, CT. (Photo Credit: Paul D. Shipman/American Red Cross)
Even though Irene is now a tropical storm, it is critical that residents and businesses continue to listen to the instructions of their local officials and closely follow news and weather reports. Tropical storms still bring high sustained winds, heavy rains, and can cause dangerous conditions and flash flooding.
If you’re in an area already affected by Irene, here are a few reminders on staying safe:
Our immediate focus and priority, as we move from into the response and initial recovery phase, is to do everything we can to support first responders and emergency managers at the frontlines with efforts to keep residents and communities safe. Here’s a brief update on what we’re doing:
For the latest developments hurricane Irene, check out the National Hurricane Center full (www.hurricanes.gov) or mobile website (http://hurricanes.gov/mobile).