The National Weather Service is issuing a flood watch for multiple counties in upstate New York. In light of the current potential for flooding, the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region urges residents to prepare themselves and their families now. Gary Striar, CEO of the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region, says We know that spring flooding is fairly common in our region, so this is an ideal time to get prepared and by taking the right steps before a flood threatens, we can all help to make our communities safer and stronger.” Red Cross staff and volunteers have responded to several large floods in the Northeastern New York Region in recent years. Just last spring, flooding in Fort Plain and across much of Central New York affected more than 2,400 homes. The Red Cross provided shelter, food and support for many weeks after the flood, and continues to lead resiliency efforts in the area so that residents are better prepared for future emergencies.As with any disaster, preparation makes a critical difference in one’s ability to react and recover. The Red Cross says its paying close attention to current weather alerts and has its staff and material resources ready to provide immediate relief in the event of a flood emergency.