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Severe Weather Threat Continues – Red Cross Issues Safety Steps
Download Red Cross apps for safety information at your fingertips.
Tornadoes, thunderstorms, snow and wildfires continue to threaten many parts of the country this week, and the American Red Cross has steps people can take to stay safe if bad weather hits their community.
For Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and far northern Texas, weather experts have forecasted tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. Severe thunderstorms are also possible from central Texas to Illinois, bringing with it the threat of flash flooding in the Southern/Central Plains to Upper Mississippi Valley. In Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, strong winds and low humidity have increased wildfire conditions. And winter weather is still keeping its grip on the West, with areas from Colorado to the Great Lakes region seeing snow. Last night in Wyoming, 56 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters due to blizzard conditions.
The best way for people to stay safe in severe weather is to stay informed and be prepared with the following information:
TORNADOES Stay tuned to the local news or a NOAA Weather Radio. If a tornado warning is issued:
Take shelter in a basement or safe room.
If no underground shelter is available, go to a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
If in a car, buckle the seat belt and drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
If flying debris occurs while driving, pull over and park. Keep your seatbelt on and put your head below the windows, covering yourself with your hands or a blanket.
Make sure driveway entrances and house numbers are clearly marked.
Identify and maintain an adequate water source outside of a home, such as a small pond or swimming pool.
When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor air pollution.
People can download free Red Cross apps on tornadoes, flooding, wildfires and other emergency situations for Apple or Android devices. CNN.com has even listed the Red Cross Tornado and First Aid Apps as part of 7 Tools to Help You Survive a Tornado. Find full preparedness information on tornadoes, thunderstorms, snow, flooding, wildfire and other disasters here.
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.
Learn a lifesaving skill from the Red Cross this year.
Emergency is the one-download resource that puts vital information at your fingertips. This “all-inclusive” app combines more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts from natural to man-made, giving you real-time information to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Users can schedule appointments, track total donations, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The Blood Donor App is a great new way to help meet the constant need for blood.
Help your child become a confident swimmer. The American Red Cross Swim app puts the 100 year old Learn to Swim program in the palm of your hand. Brush up on your water safety knowledge, play parent child games together and track your child’s progress in the class.
Take care of your furry family member. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.
Be ready for wildfires with the Wildfire App by the American Red Cross. Get the latest state-by-state wildfire news and updates, prepare your family, home and pets, let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area that is susceptible to wildfires or has loved ones that do.
Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The Tornado app puts everything you need to know prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to be ready.
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app offers videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.
Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
The Red Cross Shelter Finder is available in the iTunes store and works on iOS devices. The Shelter Finder displays open Red Cross shelters and their current population on an easy to use map interface.
Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.