Friday, June 10, 2011

It's going to be raining and storming and the Buffalo wind will be blowing!

Rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast!! And if you’re like me, you always have an umbrella by your side, but when it’s thundering and lightning and the wind is blowing, an umbrella won’t do you much good! So, today we thought it’d be a great idea to highlight some of our favorite rainy/thundery weather gear!
Mossimo Supply Co. Feather Weight Raincoat
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Women’s Kelty Jacket photo courtesy of

Columbia Men's Shelter Cove Jacket photo courtesy of

Columbia Mens Raintech Jacket photo courtesy of


Search & Rescue Dog Clothing by Kakadu Pet photo courtesy of



Western Chief Women's Corina Rain Boot courtesy of

Bogs Women's Classic High Corsage Boot courtesy of

Sloggers Women's Midsummer Tallboot courtesy of


Bogs Men's Tradesman Mid Boot courtesy of

Bogs Men's Tradesman Tall Boot courtesy of

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For more information on thunderstorms, click here!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

If thunder roars, go indoors!

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Thunderstorms! Something we’re pretty used to here in WNY.  Every year people are killed or seriously injured by these storms, so it’s not something to be taken lightly.   
When the meteorologist is talking about all of those cold fronts and warm fronts and the watches and the warnings, we often get lost in the words. 
So the first step is to know the difference:
·         A thunderstorm is defined as severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.
·         A severe thunderstorm watch means that severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area and that you should stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
·         A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. A warning indicates imminent danger to life and property.
Now that we know that, what should we do during a severe thunderstorm?
·         Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates.
·         Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
·         Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.
·         If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed.
·         Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.
·         If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors!
·         The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
·         Avoid electrical equipment and telephones, use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
·         Shutter windows and close outside doors securely.
·         Keep away from windows.
·         Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
·         If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.
·         Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
·         If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
 For information on how to prepare for thunderstorms, click here!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

9/11 blood drive series

Photo courtesy of the Tri-County Chapter
An important date in the United States' history is approaching. The 10th anniversary of 9/11.  To help commemorate this event, we are beginning a series of blood drives at which we hope to collect 911 units of blood. 
On Saturday, June 11th we will be kicking of this series of blood drives at the Cheektowaga & Hamburg fixed sites from 7:00am-2:00pm.  Tim Kennedy will be sponsoring and attending the event and all presenting donors will receive a free 9/11 commemorative pin. 
This blood drive series will be running from Saturday, June 11th until Sunday, September 11th.  If you would would like to schedule an appointment or look for upcoming drives, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit 
Walk-ins are welcome.

Are you prepared to travel?

Photo courtesy of and AP.
As the weather warms up, we often pack our bags and begin to travel away from our safe haven here in WNY.  No longer are snowstorms, flooding, and the occasional house fire the only things you need to worry about... You may now be in crosshairs of an earthquake, tornado, or even a hurricane!
This is why we urge everyone to learn all they can about what you do during those types of disasters so that regardless of where you are in the world, you’ll be prepared!! So today, we’ve decided to talk about hurricanes!

What is a hurricane?
A hurricane is a strong storm that can cause life­and property­threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.
What are the different type of hurricane warnings?
A hurricane watch is when conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued.
A hurricane warning is when conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.
Don’t have your emergency kit yet?
Emergency preparedness kits should be made so that you can respond to any sort of emergency, whether it is a fire, flood, tornado or earthquake, you should be able to grab your kit and survive on your own for a minimum of 3 days. 

Haven’t made your kit yet? Want to learn more about hurricanes? Click here to learn more.

Monday, June 6, 2011

BASH... the Monday after!

We're still recovering here at the Chapter after the amazing and hugely successful BASH this past Friday!! Whether you were able to make it or not, you can relive the night through some of these video and photo links below! More to come!
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We'd love to hear what you thought of the event, so be sure to comment below!!

Communities coming together

photo courtesy of the bleacher report
Something that we love about the communities across the country is how they all come together to help during a disaster.  Here in Buffalo, we’re no different.  Buffalo Bills punter, Brian Moorman, announced that his team will join with New Era Cap Co. to make a donation of at least $10,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in Joplin, Mo., which was ravaged by tornadoes late last month.
New Era will provide 10,000 pieces of clothing to residents in the Joplin area. Moorman also is auctioning off a game-worn Bills jersey on eBay, with the proceeds going to the Red Cross. Moorman's college, Pittsburg State, is less than 30 minutes from Joplin. To learn more about this partnership, click here to read the rest of the Buffalo News article.