The American Red Cross responded all across the country this weekend to provide comfort and hope to people affected by severe weather. Mother Nature was busy, sending tornadoes to Nebraska and Iowa, a blizzard to South Dakota, flooding to Kentucky, wildfires to California and a tropical storm to the Gulf Coast.
The threat of severe weather continues today with storms which could produce tornadoes threatening communities from the Mid-Atlantic region northward into New England. The Red Cross urges anyone under tornado watches to listen to their local news to stay informed about the situation. They should also watch for tornado danger signs like dark clouds, a wall cloud, cloud of debris, large hail, roaring noise or a funnel cloud. More information about tornado safety and preparedness is available on this web site.
TORNADOES A line of severe storms produced tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa Friday, destroying homes and businesses, causing power outages and highway closures because of debris in the roadways. Red Cross workers opened shelters and provided food, first aid and emotional support for those affected. Today Red Cross teams are traveling through the affected areas, assessing damages, distributing food and making sure people get the help they need.
BLIZZARD An early snow storm brought heavy snow and blizzard conditions to South Dakota, causing power outages and road closures. The Red Cross opened a shelter and had food available for people affected by the snow and will have emergency response vehicles distributing food and relief supplies as roads re-open.
FLOODING Heavy rain caused flooding in parts of Kentucky over the weekend. The Red Cross opened shelters and provided food to those affected as well as emergency personnel conducting water rescues. Red Cross workers will be traveling throughout the affected areas today assessing damages and helping ensure people get needed assistance.
WILDFIRE Red Cross workers opened an evacuation center and deployed emergency response vehicles after a wildfire broke out in Orange County, California, forcing people from their homes. The fire is contained and evacuations have been lifted.
TROPICAL STORM Tropical Storm Karen threatened communities along the Gulf Coast and Red Cross workers in Louisiana opened shelters for people in the path of the storm. The Red Cross prepared to respond across five states, mobilizing trained workers, supplies and equipment to help if needed.
BE PREPARED Severe weather can threaten anywhere, often without little warning. The Red Cross urges everyone to prepare now to make sure their household is ready for disasters and other emergencies. Information about how to make an emergency plan, build a disaster kit and learn about what emergencies can occur in someone’s neighborhood is available on this web site.