The American Red Cross is responding to severe storms that produced a tornado outbreak, destroying homes and damaging communities across the Great Plains this week. To help affected residents, the Red Cross provided food and comfort for almost 80 people in Oklahoma shelters Thursday night. The Red Cross has also provided assistance for residents of Nebraska and Kansas who were affected by severe weather.
Louise Salinas was home with his 2-year-old daughter Myla when the storms hit their home in Oklahoma City the evening of May 6.
“The winds were so strong,” Salinas said. “I tried to open the door and it just shut the door right on me.”
Salinas knew he needed to quickly seek shelter in his home. He grabbed his daughter and some blankets and went to a closet to ride out the storm. “It sounded like a freight train,” he said.
As the threat of severe weather continues into the weekend, the Red Cross encourages residents to prepare now. Take a minute to review the myths and learn the severe weather safety facts above.
For more information, review Flood Safety and Tornado Safety to learn how to prepare and respond.
Download Red Cross Apps
To ensure you have lifesaving information at your fingertips, download the new American Red Cross Emergency App. This app gives instant access to customizable weather alerts, safety tips and preparedness information for 14 different emergencies, all in one free and easy to use app. In addition, the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App helps children between the ages of 7 and 11 learn emergency preparedness while playing a game as monster characters.
All of these Red Cross apps can be found in your app store by searching for American Red Cross.
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.