The American Red Cross is urging residents in the greater Chicago area to take caution during the severe thunderstorms and heavy rain that is causing flooding across the region. A list of available shelters for people displaced by flooding in the area can be found at www.redcross.org/nss.
Motorists should never attempt to drive through water on a road. Water can be deeper than it appears, and water levels can rise very quickly. Floodwaters can erode roadways, and a missing section of road - even a missing bridge - will not be visible with water running over the area. Wade through floodwaters only if the water is not flowing rapidly and only in water no higher than six inches. Swiftly moving water higher than six inches can sweep you off of your feet. If a car stalls in floodwater, get out quickly and move to higher ground. The floodwaters may still be rising, and the car could be swept away at any moment.
The Red Cross Tornado App features warning alerts for location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch; weather maps; and a one-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends that they are out of harm’s way.
The Tornado App, along with other apps, can be found in the Apply App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps. People can go to redcross.org for more safety tips.
The Red Cross offers additional tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.