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Red Cross Issues Safety Reminders ahead of Severe Weather

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.

Severe thunderstorms expected and flash flood watch issued for parts of the state Monday afternoon

 Connecticut is expecting severe thunderstorms in parts of the state Monday afternoon. In addition to the severe thunderstorm threat, parts of the state are also under a flood watch.

The Red Cross reminds everyone to be prepared for the threat of severe weather by following these thunderstorm safety tips:

     -Put together an emergency preparedness kit

     -Review the Be Red Cross Ready - Thunderstorm Safety Checklist

     -Download the Red Cross Emergency App for up-to-date weather alerts, preparedness and safety information

     -Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. 

     -Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.

     -Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.

     -If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed.

     - Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.

     -If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! 

     -The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.

     -Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.

     -Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.

     -Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.

     -If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. 

     - Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

     -If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.           -Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.

With the threat of flash flooding also a possibility as these storms roll through, follow these flood safety tips:

     -Stay away from floodwaters. If you are walking and encounter flooding, stop, turn around and go another way.

     - If you are driving, turn around and go another way. Do not attempt to drive through flooding.

     -Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.

     -Keep children out of the water.

To learn more about storm safety, download the Thunderstorm Safety and Flood Safety Checklist and visit:

For more information, visit Spanish language information is available at

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 @CTRedCross.