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Northern Nevada Red Cross Ready to Assist Reno-Area Residents

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This press release is intended to correct misinformation being communicated. The Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross is on standby to assist Washoe County and area residents who may become affected by the current storms. The Red Cross will only open an emergency evacuation center or shelter at the request of Washoe County Emergency Management. If evacuations are deemed necessary the Red Cross will assist Washoe County Emergency Management as appropriately identified.

For this community wide effort, the Red Cross is working with county officials as well as community partners to ensure our readiness and ability to respond.

"Everyone has been working together and are well briefed," Northern Nevada Red Cross CEO Clara Andriola said of regional agencies. "There is a plan in place so we are all ready to go into action whatever the case may be, if the flooding elevates, or it has no impact at all. We are all working together."

By preparing together for floods, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger.


As with any disaster, preparation is the key to a speedy recovery. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for floods by:

  • Creating and practicing a Disaster Plan: Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a flood occurs. Decide where you would meet and who you would contact in case of flooding. Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit. Be prepared to evacuate your family and pets at a moment's notice. Listen to area radio and television stations for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress.
  • Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Kits should contain a first aid kit and essential medications, foods that don't require cooking or refrigeration and manual can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, copies of important documents and other emergency items for the whole family.
  • Heeding Flood Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information.  A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there
  • Relocating During Flood Warnings: Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle, stop, turn around and go another way. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. 

For more information on flood preparedness, contact the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross at 775-856-1000, visit or or call 1-800 RED CROSS. We urge you to share these Red Cross flood preparedness tips with every member of your household, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time.  

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

From the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross

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