Midway-Kansas Chapter Assesses Tornado Damage

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“In the days and weeks to come, the Midway-Kansas Chapter will be reaching out to help residents impacted by the tornado get back on their feet.” - Beverly Morlan, Regional Executive Director

Wichita, Kansas, May 20, 2013 – The Midway-Kansas Chapter is on the scene in Wichita, Kansas to help those affected by the EF1 tornado that touched down southwest of Wichita on Sunday. Red Cross volunteers will continue assessing damage over the next few days and will work with affected families to meet their immediate needs. Red Cross responded immediately following the storm by dispatching disaster assessment teams and Emergency Response Vehicles to the hardest hit areas southwest of the city.

“In the days and weeks to come, the Midway-Kansas Chapter will be reaching out to help residents impacted by the tornado get back on their feet,” said Beverly Morlan, regional executive director. With more severe weather forecasted today, The Red Cross offers the following safety tips:

Before Lightning Strikes

  • Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light or increasing winds. Listen for the sound of thunder.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately. The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
  • When Storm Approaches

  • Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows closed and avoid convertibles.
  • Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. (Leaving electric lights on, however, does not increase the chances of your home being struck by lightning.)
  • Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
  • If Caught Outside

  • Go to low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not flooding.
  • Make yourself the smallest target possible. Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them.
  • If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
  • If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately.
  • You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.