Hurricane Sandy had a low impact in the North Country but many of our friends and neighbors will continue to cope with the destruction it has caused. There are ways to help those affected by this devastating storm.
Visit the American Red Cross website: redcross.org
Visit The Salvation Army website: salvationarmyusa.org
Those wishing to help the relief effort by cell phone can text the phrase "REDCROSS" to 90999. There will be a $10 contribution for every message sent.
Tips from the Red Cross when facing a potential dangerous storm:
-Treat all downed wires as if they were live -- and stay away from them
-Use battery powered flashlights and lamps when available. If you need to use lanterns or candles -- place them where you can keep a close eye on them
-Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage
-Never use grills inside garages, sheds or other buildings, as the fumes can be poisonous
-Before you lose power, make sure your cell phones are charged or you have a hard-wired phone that does not rely on electricity
-Fill a bathtub with water so the water can be used to flush toilets when the power is out
-Turn off all electrical devices except one light so you'll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.
-make sure you have your rain gear ready to go-- you don't want to dig through closets in the dark