Flooding, Tornadoes: Red Cross Lends a Hand
The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states after this week’s severe weather, while continuing to assist people impacted by the recent flooding in California.
In California, more than 240 people remain in shelters, where flood warnings continue in some areas. Officials are warning people should avoid the possibly contaminated flood waters, and Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food and relief supplies, and are helping people plan their next steps.
In Arkansas, tornadoes affected more than 175 homes. The Red Cross is distributing relief supplies, helping to assess the damage and meeting with people to plan what to do next. Severe weather also affected residents of Gibson and Scott Counties in Indiana, and the Red Cross has shelters open and workers are distributing meals and relief supplies.
More than 200 homes in Kentucky were also affected by severe weather this week, and Laurel, Madison, Estrill, Carroll and Grant counties have declared states of emergency. Red Cross workers are helping to assess the damage and are providing food and shelter.
Severe weather also left thousands without power in New York, where temperatures were to drop below freezing. The Red Cross is working with officials to provide food and shelter within the affected areas.
BE PREPARED People should build an easy-to-carry emergency kit, which should include three days of supplies for everyone in the household. You should also download the free Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information and open shelter locations at your fingertips. It also features emergency weather alerts to help keep the user safe, and provides information about what to do in case of various disasters. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
IF FLOODING OCCURS Listen to local media for possible flood warnings or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). People should also:
TORNADO SAFETY Steps to remember if a tornado warning is issued include:
THUNDERSTORMS If thunder roars, go indoors and stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the thunder stops. Other safety steps include:
More information on what to do before, during and after all types of emergencies is available in the Preparedness section of redcross.org.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.