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Red Cross Responding to Tuesday’s Tornado in Chemung County

Red Cross Responding to Tuesday’s Tornado in Chemung County
In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross will help residents impacted get back on their feet.

The American Red Cross is on the scene in Chemung County to help those affected by a confirmed EF-1 tornado that touched down on Tuesday evening. Disaster Assessment volunteers were on the ground in the towns of Baldwin and Lowman Wednesday, and Disaster Action Team members have provided food, shelter and comfort kits for a family of four displaced from their Federal Road home in Lowman by the storm.

“In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross will be coordinating with emergency officials and community partners to help residents impacted by this tornado get back on their feet,” said Joel Robinson, Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Jane Delano Chapter.

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in affected areas to stay safer:

  • Avoid damaged areas as your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations and put you at further risk from the residual effects of tornados.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings. Avoid using candles.
  • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly. Turn off the gas using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.
  • Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • The American Red Cross also encourages residents to download the free Tornado App, which gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado. The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals people when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area. The Tornado App can be found in the iTunes or Google Play app stores. 

    The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission.  To make a financial donation to help families affected by tornadoes and other disasters, please visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to your cell phone bill.