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Red Cross to Assist in Nemaha County Tornado Relief

Nemaha County tornado with Red Cross Topeka volunteers on scene
Red Cross is adapting to the situation and working with the people affected by both tornadoes in Nemaha County to help with their immediate needs. -- Meghan Spreer, Red Cross Communications Director

The Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will continue to provide relief in Nemaha County today in coordination with local Emergency Management. Red Cross volunteers remain on the scene to work closely with those affected by the storms by providing lodging, financial assistance and other immediate needs.

Additionally, the Red Cross chapter will provide snacks and water from the Emergency Response Vehicle today to those affected by tornadoes, storms, and flooding in the area.

The newly trained Disaster Response Team from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas will join Red Cross efforts today as part of the unique partnership designed to assist Kansans during times of great need. Volunteers will work with clients and distribute water and snacks.

“Red Cross is adapting to the situation and working with the people affected by both tornadoes in Nemaha County to help with their immediate needs,” said Meghan Spreer, Red Cross Communications Director. “We’re working diligently to get people back on the road to recovery.”

With more severe weather forecasted through the week, The Red Cross urges preparedness and offers the following safety tips:

• Creating and practicing a Home Tornado Plan: Pick a “safe room” or uncluttered area without windows where family members and pets could seek shelter on the lowest floor possible: a basement, a center hallway, a bathroom or a closet. Putting as many walls between you and the outside provides additional protection.

• Assembling a Emergency Preparedness Kit: Kits should contain a first aid kit and essential medications, foods that don’t require cooking or refrigeration and manual can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries and other emergency items for the whole family.

• Heeding Storm Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information. A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area. When a tornado WARNING is issued, go to the safe room you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects.

• Preparing for High Winds: Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically removing branches so that wind can blow through. Install permanent shutters on your windows and add protection to the outside areas of sliding glass doors. Strengthen garage doors and unreinforced masonry. Move or secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind and become a projectile.

For updates on Red Cross activities, follow the Kansas Capital Area Chapter on Twitter at You can also contact the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross at 785-234-0568, visit or call 1-800 REDCROSS.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.