Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy anniversary?

For December 1st, today's weather isn't bad.  Sunny, low to mid 40's.  That seems especially nice when compared to what some people were going through last year.

Outside the Cheektowaga Senior Center on December 2nd, 2010

A massive lake effect snow storm hit the area on the evening of December 1st, 2010. The heavy snow, and resulting traffic issues, stranded thousands of drivers on the NYS Thruway near Cheektowaga, some for over 24 hours.  Eventually, area emergency personnel used ATV's and other vehicles to rescue people from their vehicles, bringing 85 people to a Red Cross shelter we set up at the Cheektowaga Senior Center to provide warmth, food and water to people who had spent several hours freezing in their cars.
Volunteers serve up hot meals at Cheektowaga Senior Center
I had the pleasure of working at that shelter, and trust me, none of the people we served that day left their homes on December 1st, 2010 thinking the Thruway would turn into a parking lot, and I'm sure they all wish they had things like non-perishable food, water and blankets in their vehicles.  The time to make sure you're prepared is before an emergency hits, because you probably won't have time to do it afterwards.  We know they're coming, so follow these Red Cross Ready winter storm tips.  And to learn more about what should be in your emergency kits at home and in your car, schedule a free preparedness presentation at your school, business or organization by contacting Denise Herkey-Jarosch at