Red Cross Responds after Tornadoes

The American Red Cross is on the bottom throughout a number of states after as many as 60 tornadoes hit neighborhoods in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama this week.

The extreme climate risk isn’t over but. Strong storms are predicted for elements of Florida, Alabama and Georgia from the identical climate system with a risk of robust winds, hail and potential tornadoes.

The Red Cross helps folks impacted by the storms and standing by to reply in different areas because the storm strikes to the east.

Trained Red Cross disaster employees are on the bottom in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma serving to with injury evaluation after yesterday’s tornadoes. Disaster groups in states to the east of the world are getting ready to reply if vital. The Red Cross is working with officers all through the southeast to offer shelter and emergency provides for folks and communities as wanted.

Here are Red Cross security steps folks ought to comply with:

TORNADO SAFETY Know the distinction between a twister watch and warning. A twister watch means a twister is feasible. A twister warning means a twister is already occurring or will happen quickly.

  • Know your group’s warning system, for instance many areas use out of doors sirens.
  • Watch for twister hazard indicators: darkish and greenish clouds, a wall cloud or cloud of particles.
  • Bring your pets indoors and regulate them.
  • If you have got time, transfer or safe exterior objects that may be picked up by wind.
  • During a twister warning, go to your secure place instantly — a basement, storm cellar or inside room on the bottom flooring with no home windows. In a high-rise, decide a hallway within the middle of the constructing.
  • If you reside in a cellular dwelling, discover a secure place in a close-by sturdy constructing or car. No cellular house is secure in a twister.
  • If you’re exterior, search shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy constructing.
  • If you can’t shortly stroll to a shelter, instantly get in a car and attempt to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. Remember to buckle your seatbelt. Stay away from bridges or freeway overpasses. If robust winds and flying particles happen whereas driving, pull over and park. Keep your seatbelt on and the engine operating. Put your head down under the home windows and canopy your head along with your palms and a blanket.

As folks start to cope with the aftermath of yesterday’s tornadoes, the Red Cross reminds them to return to their neighborhood solely when officers say it’s secure to take action. They must also:

  • Stay out of broken buildings. Wear lengthy pants, long-sleeved shirts and durable footwear.
  • Avoid fallen energy traces or damaged fuel traces – instantly report them to the utility firms.
  • If somebody smells fuel or hears a hissing noise, they need to open a window, get everybody out of the constructing instantly and name the fuel firm or fireplace division.
  • Use flashlights, not candles when inspecting buildings.

THUNDERSTORM SAFETY Watch for storm indicators, akin to darkening skies, lightning flashes and rising wind.

  • If thunder roars, go indoors. If you may hear thunder, you’re shut sufficient to be in peril of lightning.
  • Postpone out of doors actions if thunderstorms are prone to happen. Many folks struck by lightning aren’t within the space the place it’s raining.
  • Take shelter in a considerable constructing or car with the home windows closed.
  • If you’re driving, attempt to safely exit the highway and park.
  • If you’re exterior and can’t attain a secure constructing, keep away from excessive floor, water, tall or remoted timber and metallic objects, akin to fences and bleachers.
  • If somebody has been struck by lightning, name 911.

You must also obtain the free Red Cross Emergency app to have extreme climate security info proper at your fingertips. The Emergency app gives real-time climate alerts and tips on how one can keep secure throughout extreme climate and numerous different emergencies. Search “American Red Cross” in app shops or go to  

CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS HELP The beneficiant donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and the Disaster Responder Program allow the American Red Cross to arrange communities for disasters large and small, reply every time and wherever disasters happen and assist households through the restoration course of.

ADGP $1 Million members are: Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Anthem Foundation; Bank of America; Caterpillar Foundation; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; The Home Depot Foundation; Latter-day Saint Charities; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; Microsoft Corp.; Nationwide Foundation; PetSmart Charities; The Starbucks Foundation; State Farm; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Truist Foundation; VSP Global; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and Wells Fargo.

ADGP $500,000 members are: Altria Group; Aon; Best Buy; Calmoseptine, Inc.; Capital One; Citi; The Clorox Company; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental Community Care Foundation; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Corporation; General Motors; HCA Healthcare; International Paper; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Mastercard; Merck; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Organon; PayPal; PepsiCo Foundation; Salesforce; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, dwelling of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stanley Black & Decker; Target; The TJX Companies, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; USAA; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and The Wawa Foundation.

Disaster Responder Program members are: 7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; Alliance Data; American Express; Ameriprise Financial, Inc.; Assurant; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; Barclays; Big 5 Sporting Goods; CarMax; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; CNA Insurance; The Coca-Cola Company; CSX; The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Discover; Dollar General; Duke Energy; Dutch Bros Foundation; Equitable; FirstEnergy Corporation; Gopuff; Grainger; Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; HP Foundation; Humble Bundle; Kaiser Permanente; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; The Labcorp Charitable Foundation; Lenovo Foundation; LHC Group; Marathon Petroleum Foundation, Inc.; Martin Marietta; Mattress Firm; McKesson; MetLife Foundation; Neiman Marcus Group; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Northrop Grumman; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Old Dominion Freight Line; Pacific Life Foundation; Procter & Gamble; Prudential Financial; Raytheon Technologies; Reckitt; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Project; Ross Stores Foundation; Ryder System, Inc.; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Security Finance’s Lending Hand Foundation; ServiceNow, Inc.; Southwest Airlines; Tata Consultancy Services; U-Haul International; and U.S. Bank Foundation.

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