The American Red Cross is assisting people in Texas after this week’s deadly tornadoes and watching the weather across the Great Plains where weather experts report there is a good chance of more tornadoes and severe weather through Monday.
Red Cross disaster workers in Texas have shelters open and are distributing food, drinks and relief items throughout the affected parts of Texas. Teams are out assessing damages and distributing relief items including shovels, rakes, work gloves, trash bags and more in people’s neighborhoods.
AFTER THE TORNADO The Red Cross has steps people affected by the tornadoes in Texas should follow to stay safe. First, they should return home only when local authorities say it is safe to do so and listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. Other safety steps include:
MORE TORNADOES POSSIBLE The country could see more severe storms over the weekend into Monday. The National Weather Service reports tornadoes and severe storms could occur from the Illinois-Iowa-Wisconsin border down to the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
TORNADO SAFETY The Red Cross urges everyone to get prepared now in case severe weather and tornadoes threaten their community. They should watch for tornado danger signs such as dark, often greenish clouds, a wall cloud, a cloud of debris, large hail, funnel cloud or a loud, roaring noise.
SAFETY STEPS People should pick a safe room in their household where loved ones and pets can gather, such as a basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Mobile homes are not safe during tornados. If someone is in a mobile home, they should get to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately - do not wait until the tornado is visible. If someone is caught outdoors, they should seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building.
DOWNLOAD TORNADO APP Everyone should also download the free Red Cross Tornado App, available in English or Spanish. The app, found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross, includes important features like a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. This feature allows users to make critical decisions and to take actions to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe even in the middle of the night. An all-alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.
The app also features: