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More local authorities are working to ensure preparedness.

Judith Nagel is the Director of Red Cross of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. She describes the emergency procedure for today.

“In the event of a major power outage, we will work closely with the Emergency Management Office to select a site for the shelter. We will then notify the community of where tat shelter is and we encourage individuals at that time to come to the shelter.”

She says that people should have ample water, food, batteries and a battery-operated radio to last a couple of days.

She also warns those who may be looking for alternative heating methods in case the power is interrupted.

“Be very safe with your heating methods because when the power goes out, sometimes people get creative with their heating. Don’t bring a generator in the house.”

Nagel also says that if you buy a generator, to have it properly installed by a professional.

Also, if there is a power outage, the Red Cross has made it easy to alert loved ones of your safety. Just visit and register. Users can also search the database for another person in the region affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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