As rain falls in Midwestern and Atlantic Coast states, the American Red Cross urges people to be prepared for potential flooding. On Thursday, the Red Cross opened shelters in Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio and North Carolina, to support those in the path of the floods.
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.
People should stay tuned to local radio and television stations for possible flood warnings, reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service.
Follow these Red Cross tips to prepare for floods:
You can get better prepared for emergencies with help from the Red Cross. An easy way to start is to download any of the Red Cross free disaster-specific mobile apps, such as the Tornado, Hurricane and First Aid apps—to get lifesaving preparedness information in the palm of your hand before and during emergencies.
Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.