American Red Cross resources can be used to let family and friends know about your welfare during emergencies. This is good information of which to be aware if your area happens to flood this weekend.
Floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters, industry sources indicate. This week, St. Louis County emergency responders, and residents of Wildwood and Eureka, braced for the aftermath of what Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac may bring to the region this weekend. One way individuals can prepare for emergencies is to become familiar with the American Red Cross Safe and Well website. It is a central location for people in disaster areas in the United States to register their current status, and for their loved ones to access that information. Click here to check it out. According to the website, users can: Safe and Well is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is accessible in both English and Spanish.
LIVE FROM COMMAND POST: Area-wide emergency teams will meet at Metro West Fire Protection District in Wildwood at 11:30 a.m. today to prepare for potentially adverse affects when Tropical Depression Isaac pelts St. Louis this weekend.
UPDATED at noon: National Weather Service officials predict 3 to 5 inches of rainfall to hit the St. Louis region when Tropical Depression Isaac arrives locally, sometime between Friday evening to Saturday morning. In St. Louis, the major hazards expected due to storm conditions are flooding and road closures. The intent of today's collective preparation session was to reassure St. Louis County residents that plans, equipment and personnel are in place to handle what the region faces this weekend, said organizers. Command center had multiple, interactive weather maps projected in the background of the session. Metro West Fire Protection District's station No. 4 team in Wildwood hosted an emergency preparation session at 11:30 a.m. …