Millions of people across the Southeast are facing the threat of severe weather over the next few days, including the possibility of strong tornadoes. The American Red Cross is monitoring the storms and preparing to respond if necessary.
The weather system is predicted to bring severe thunderstorms, large hail, damaging winds and possible tornadoes to the region. The greatest risk of tornadoes is in eastern Texas, northern Louisiana and central Mississippi.
CLIMATE CRISIS The climate crisis is driving extreme weather across the country. As these extreme weather disasters increase, more people need help from the Red Cross. Find out more about the Red Cross and its work on the climate crisis here.
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY
The Red Cross issues these steps to help people stay safe as the storms move into their area:
Watch for storm signs, such as darkening skies, lightning flashes and increasing wind.
If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger of lightning. Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Lightning can still be dangerous even if it’s not raining.
If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or vehicle with the windows closed.
If you are driving, try to safely exit the road and park.
If you’re outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall or isolated trees and metal objects, such as fences and bleachers.
If someone has been struck by lightning, call 911.
Anyone who has sustained a lightning strike requires professional medical care. Check the person for burns and other injuries. If the person has stopped breathing, begin CPR. It’s safe to touch people who have been struck by lightning, as they don’t retain an electrical charge.
Download the free Red Cross First Aid app so you’ll know what to do if emergency help is delayed and the free Emergency app for weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and safety steps for different emergencies. Choose whether you want to view the content in English or Spanish with an easy-to-find language selector. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.