Red Cross response to severe weather

According to CNN, forecasters warned that another round of severe weather may hit Oklahoma on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a storm system spawned multiple tornadoes and left five people dead. image

The American Red Cross is on the alert as people in the Midwest prepare for the possibility of more severe storms and tornadoes today, while continuing to help with clean-up efforts across those southern states inundated with flood waters last week.

Check out the Red Cross tornado safety checklist.

Thunderstorms:

  • Before a thunderstorm, pick a safe place in your home for family members to gather, away from windows, skylights, and glass.

  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.

  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home.

  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.

  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.

  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.

The following information shows our total service delivery across Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee since the beginning of the severe weather events in April:

Shelters opened: 55

Shelter Overnight Stays: 5,219

Clean up kits:  13,797

Comfort kits: 8,863

Meals served: 91,192

Snacks served: 101,031

Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground: 87

Mental Health Consultations: 3,457

Health Services Consultations: 3,677

Total Red Cross Workers: 2,595 (2,368 volunteers)

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