Severe storms could cause flash flooding over a large portion of the country over the next several days and the American Red Cross is responding where flooding has already occurred.
More than 20 people spent Sunday night in Red Cross shelters in California and Vermont due to flooding. In Barre City, Vermont, flooding forced about 40 residents from their homes. In California, Red Cross workers opened shelters after flash flooding and mudslides forced residents of Mt. Pinos and Frazier Park to leave their homes.
Weather experts predict flash flooding could occur from southern California to the Mid-Atlantic region over the next few days. The Red Cross has steps people should follow, including downloading the Red Cross Emergency app, to help them stay safe and connected during the storms.
FLOOD SAFETY Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area. If your neighborhood is prone to flash flooding, you should be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary. Other safety steps include:
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP The all-inclusive Emergency app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
Some of the many features of the app include:
“Family Safe” is another unique feature that allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay, even if that person hasn’t downloaded the Emergency App. Using “Family Safe,” the user can send someone a message and their response of either “I’m safe” or “I’m not safe” will come to the user. If they are not safe, the user can call them or see their location on a map. The app also has an “I’m Safe” button which allows users to let loved ones know they are out of harm’s way.