With Threat of Severe Weather- American Red Cross Reminds Community to Get Prepared
With the central and southern United States dealing with the devastation left behind from deadly severe storms this weekend - and with the threat of potentially life-threatening severe weather here in the bi-state, the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri reminds everyone to prepare: Know what to do before, during and after the storm.
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Preparing for/During Severe Weather/Tornado
- Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather in a tornado. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Keep this place uncluttered.
- If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway--without windows-- in the center of the building.
Watch for Tornado Danger Signs:
If you have enough warning time ahead of a storm, prepare for high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees or yard; and secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that could be picked up by wind.
Know what a tornado watch and warning mean and invest in a NOAA weather radio to stay informed about when watches and warnings are issued in your area.
What to Do if in Mobile Home or Outside:
Assemble an Emergency Kit:
The Red Cross urges everyone to download its free, official Tornado App. It puts lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in tornado-prone areas.
The Red Cross tornado app—available in English or Spanish—gives iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone and some tablet users instant access to local and real-time information. The app includes a high-pitched siren and warning alert that signals people when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area – even if the app is closed. In the palm of your hand, the app also includes enhanced weather maps, suggestions about how to recover and be better prepared next time, and a toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm.
Users are also encouraged to download the Red Cross Flood app—which gives valuable information about what to do when flooding threatens your area. All Red Cross mobile apps can be found here or from the iTunes or Google Plan stores by searching for American Red Cross.
The Red Cross is part of the “All Ready” campaign, a unified effort among emergency preparedness experts in the bi-state region that focuses on the importance of individual preparedness. The campaign encourages the three critical steps of preparedness: Make a plan, Get a kit, Be informed.
Locally, the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.