Olga Alkattan, a volunteer at the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, with a "Backpack Grab and Go" kit at left and a "Shelter in Place" kit at right.
With Hurricane Sandy poised to potentially impact the region next week, Officials for the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross said they are seeing more people interested in developing plans to prepare for an emergency -- particularly in the wake of the four major storms last year. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency recommends all families have an emergency kit that will help them make it through two or three days of being isolated, because of closed roads, and without power, said Peter Judge, the public information officer for the agency.
Recommendations for emergency supplies to have on hand are mostly common sense things such as batteries for flashlights, a radio, non-perishable food, a manual can opener and a first aid kit.

Those who rely on electricity for life-saving devices such as oxygen tanks should also have alternative plans -- such as having a generator available -- or be prepared to seek shelter in another place with power, Judge said.
The Red Cross recommends adding all needed medications, cash and important documents to emergency preparedness kits, Leaks said. Leaks said it is also important for families to come up with a plan for their pets, most shelters do not allow animals.
Through the apps and the web site, people can monitor storm conditions in their areas, get step-by-step information about preparation kits, and find shelter locations in their area and other information, she said.

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