The American Red Cross welcomes thousands of College World Series guests to Omaha. As fans prepare to root their team to a win, the Red Cross encourages visitors to prepare for severe weather. By taking a few simple steps ahead of time, individuals will know what to do and where to go when severe weather, such as tornadoes or flash flooding, does occur.
“Preparation is the best protection,” said Jill Orton, Region CEO. “The Red Cross Emergency App utilizes a phone’s location to push real-time weather alerts to a user who may not be familiar with the counties or cities that they are visiting.”
The free Red Cross Emergency App provides lifesaving information when watches and warnings are issued and gives a user ways to contact family and friends in case an event occurs. The app covers 14 different types of disasters including tornadoes, flash flooding, and dangerous heat – all of which could impact the Omaha metro. The app also allows users the ability to customize more than 35 emergency alerts for themselves and where loved ones live. The Emergency App contains preloaded content so users can access guidance from Red Cross experts even without mobile connectivity, and allows users to easily toggle between Spanish and English.
“Family Safe” is a unique feature that allows the app user to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster and find out if they are safe. The recipient can instantly see the alert details as well as specific “what to do now” steps, and then respond with either “I’m safe” or “I’m not safe.” This feature works even if the recipient has not downloaded the Emergency App.
The app is available in app stores by searching for the Red Cross Emergency or by going to redcross.org/apps.
Whenever severe weather warnings are issued people should move to an underground shelter, basement or safe room. If that’s not possible, a small windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is an alternative.
If the power goes out, people should:
Additional safety tips on what to do before, during and after a variety of disasters and emergencies are located at redcross.org/prepare. People can also take Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses so they’ll know what to do in case help is delayed. They can get information and register at redcross.org/TakeAClass.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.