Shelters across the state have started filling up Sunday night with residents seeking comfort away from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
As of midnight, there were 461 people staying in 12 Red Cross shelters across the state, according to a tweet from the organization.
"Unfortunately, many of us have very clear memories of last year's October snowstorm or of Tropical Storm Irene last August," Paul Shipman, American Red Cross spokesperson previously stated. "Think back to what you wished you had done then to better prepare and start taking those steps now."
Shipman suggested three simple things, "Build a kit, make a plan and be informed."
In the kit, the American Red Cross said to include food that doesn't require refrigeration, such as canned items, flashlights, a battery-operated radio and a first-aid kit. For more items to add to the kit, click the following link.
Officials also said all families should have an evacuation plan and know routes out of their area. Residents should know where a possible temporary shelter could be in their town or city. Residents should have a supply of important medications for several days to bring with them.
American Red Cross officials are advising residents to keep up with local news reports, such as Eyewitness News, for updates on the storm and the impact in their area.
Residents can also download a free American Red Cross application from their smart phone. The applications has the following:
Hurricane safety tips
Information on Red Cross shelters
Toolkit with a flashlight
One-touch "I'm Safe" button lets someone use social media outlets to let family and friends know they are OK.
"We hope that Sandy's effects are minimal," Shipman said. "But we also hope that people take the opportunity to prepare now, so they can better weather the storm."
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