It’s springtime, the time of year when tornadoes can spring up. April, May and June are the peak months for tornadoes in the United States, with April seeing on average 187 tornadoes during the month and the average for May as high as 275. The American Red Cross has steps everyone can take to help stay safe if one of these violent storms threatens.
According to experts, more than 1,200 tornadoes hit this country every year. Although tornadoes are most common in the Plains states, they can happen anywhere. Tornadoes can strike at any time of the year but happen more often during the spring and summer. They can also happen at any time of day but are most likely to occur between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Know the difference. A tornado watch means a tornado is possible. A tornado warning means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. GO TO YOUR SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY.
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People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps. The content in both apps is available in English and Spanish.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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