Hurricane Beryl, a dangerously powerful storm, is causing massive devastation across several Caribbean islands. According to weather forecast maps, the storm will approach Texas and Louisiana early next week.

The American Red Cross is ready to respond with disaster teams and supplies deployed to potential impact areas over the holiday weekend. Anyone who may be in Beryl’s path should prepare now. Remember that communities hundreds of miles inland could be hit by intense rain and high winds.

Berly is the earliest storm to form this strongly in the Atlantic Ocean with sustained winds of 145 mph. Beryl is also the earliest major Atlantic hurricane in 58 years, breaking a record set by Hurricane Dennis in 2005 ─ the same year Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.

These unwanted records and the strength of this storm are being linked to the climate crisis. Such warm ocean temperatures are normally only seen at the height of the hurricane season in September and are a key factor in fueling tropical storm systems. 1

HOW TO PREPARE FOR BERYL:

1. Make a plan to stay safe and know how to stay connected.

  • You may need to stay where you are or go somewhere else to stay safe. If you are leaving, think about where you are going, how you are going to get there, where you are staying, and what you are taking with you. Plan well in advance if you need assistance leaving or if you are using public transportation. Don’t forget to include pets in your plans.
  • Write important phone numbers on a business card and carry it with you so you can stay in touch with loved ones if you are separated or if the phone or internet goes out.
  • In case of power outage, make sure you have a spare battery or another way to charge your cell phone. Also, make sure you have a battery or hand-held radio.
  • Sign up for free emergency alerts from your local government and learn what different types of alerts mean. For example, a WATCH means be prepared, and a WARNING means take action.

2. Gather the essentials and divide them into a travel kit and a home kit.

  • Your go kit should contain three days of supplies that you can take with you. Bring spare batteries and chargers for your devices (cell phone, CPAP, wheelchair, etc.)

  • Your stay-at-home kit should include two weeks’ worth of food and water and, if possible, a one-month supply of medications and medical supplies.

  • Customize your set to the specific needs of your household, for example if you have children or pets.

  • Keep personal, financial, and medical information safe and easily accessible (on paper or in secure storage). Consider keeping a list of your medications and dosages on a small card to carry with you.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

This is a difficult time for anyone who may be affected by this storm, especially if you have dealt with hurricanes before. Remember that it’s okay to feel nervous or exhausted.

  • Be patient with yourself and the people around you.

  • Stay informed, but limit your exposure to television, radio, and newspaper reports about the storm.

  • Stay in touch with family and friends.

  • Overwhelmed? Prioritize yourself and break tasks down into smaller, easier-to-handle steps.

  • Eat healthy, drink water and get enough rest.

  • If you or a loved one needs assistance, you can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline for free 24/7 multilingual support by calling or texting 1-800-985-5990.

  • Children may need more attention and reassurance. Give them the opportunity to talk and encourage them to talk about their fears and concerns.

Annual Emergency Response Programme (ADGP)) Thanks to the generosity of our American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder members, the American Red Cross is prepared before disaster strikes. ADGP and Disaster Responder members help secure a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, allowing the Red Cross to respond immediately and meet the needs of individuals and families affected by disaster, regardless of cost.

ADGP $1M Members: Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Bank of America; Caterpillar Foundation; CMA CGM Foundation; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Elevance Health Foundation; Enterprise Mobility Foundation; FedEx; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; McDonald’s Corporation; Merck; Microsoft; Nationwide Foundation; The Pfizer Foundation; The Starbucks Foundation; State Farm; Takeda; Truist Foundation; VSP Vision; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; Wells Fargo

ADGP $500k Members: Altria Group; American Express; Aon; Bread Financial; Capital One; Chick-fil-A; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Danaher Foundation; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental; DHL Supply Chain; DraftKings; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Corporation; General Motors; Google.org; HCA Healthcare; The Home Depot Foundation; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Mastercard; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Paul Davis Restoration; PayPal; PepsiCo Foundation; PetSmart Charities; Salesforce; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stryker; Target; The TJX Companies, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; USAA; US Bank Foundation; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; The Wawa Foundation; Wesco

Members of the disaster management service: The 7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; The AES Corporation; ALDI; American Tire Distributors; American Water Charitable Foundation; Ameriprise Financial; Insurer; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; Barclays; Bath & Body Works; Big 5 Sporting Goods; Build-A-Bear Foundation; CarMax; CDW; Charles Schwab Foundation; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; CNA Insurance; The Coca-Cola Foundation; The Deluxe Foundation; The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Discover; Dollar General; Dollar Tree and Family Dollar; Duke Energy; Equitable; FirstEnergy Corporation; Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; HP Foundation; International Paper; Invitation Homes; Neat Dr Pepper; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; L’Oréal; The Labcorp Charitable Foundation; Lenovo Foundation; LHC Group; LKQ; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Macy’s, Inc.; Major League Baseball; Marathon Petroleum Corporation; Martin Marietta; Companies that operate under the Masco name include: Mattress Firm, McKesson Foundation, MetLife Foundation, The Middleby Corporation, Neiman Marcus Group, NextEra Energy, Inc., Norfolk Southern, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Northwestern Mutual, Novartis, Old Dominion Freight Line, Pacific Life Foundation, Phillips 66, Prudential, Raymond James, RBC Foundation USA, Reckitt, Reliance, Inc., Reynolds American Inc., RTX, Ryder System, Inc., Santander, Security Finance’s Lending Hand Foundation, ServiceNow, Southwest Airlines, Stanley Black & Decker, Tata Consultancy Services, U-Haul International, Ulta Beauty, US Foods, Yum! Brands, Zurich.

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