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Are you prepared?


Picture this: You are outside in your backyard enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. Suddenly the sky becomes dark and gloomy. It begins to hail and the tornado sirens go off. Do you know what to do?

Tornadoes can strike anywhere, at any time, and the best time to get ready is before the weather turns bad.

Here are the top 6 ways to prepare for a tornado:

  1. Know your community’s warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornados.
  2. Practice tornado drills from time to time so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado were to strike.
  3. Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement where everyone can go during a tornado.
  4. Prepare for high winds by removing damaged limbs from trees.
  5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind .
  6. Download our FREE tornado app.

To learn (MORE) about tornado safety, click here.




¿Hablas español?

Did we know that we have added a Spanish language feature to the apps that include simple lifesaving information that will help keep families safe?

Spanish Apps

Included in the new language change are the First Aid, Hurricane, Earthquake, Tornado, Wildfire, and Flood apps. Our First Aid app gives you instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies, while the five disaster preparedness apps give you local and real-time information for severe weather or disaster threats.

Another awesome feature – all six of them offer pre-loaded content ensuring that Red Cross guidance is available anytime, anywhere – even if internet connection is unavailable. It certainly comes in handy when tornado warnings go off in the middle of the night!

Download yours now and tell us what you think of them in the comments.

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Summer is finally here! It is the perfect time to download our mobile apps to put lifesaving information at your fingertips before the next emergency arises. Emergencies can happen quickly and at times giving someone only minutes to react. Planning ahead, such as downloading these apps, can help keep households safe and save lives.

Our apps range from swim all the way to pet first aid plus almost all of them are free. What a steal! Be sure to download our apps today. You will NOT be disappointed!




The Robello Family

The Andover tornado is something that Kathy Robello’s family will never forget. In 1991, the tornado swept through their house in Derby, Kansas.

“Here’s the crawl space, the hole- that’s what saved our life” said Kathy.

Kathy and her family were left with nothing and had nowhere to go. The American Red Cross was immediately there to help. It is something that the Robello family will forever be grateful for.

Delivering Hope in The Tragic City

Birmingham, Alabama is full of heavy hearts after an outbreak of flooding and tornadoes tore through several communities Monday, April 28. Although “The Tragic City” is still recovering from the devastation, more hope and help is on the way.

Kim_1Kimberly Lemke, a volunteer and Disaster Action Team member for the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, boarded a plane this morning to provide help and assistance to affected families. This is Kimberly’s 12th deployment as a volunteer and she will join other Red Cross volunteers from across the nation for around a period of around two weeks. She will help organize volunteers, make certain everyone is in the right place where they can help the most, ensure families have a place to stay, help with damage assessment, and more.

“I don’t think you can see a disaster like this and not want to help,” said Kimberly in an interview with The Toledo Blade.

This will be Kimberly’s second trip to Alabama in disaster recovery having previously visited Tuscaloosa in 2011 after their tornado tragedies took place. The Toledo native has also helped out previously with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Irene, and started her volunteer services on 9/11. We wish her safe travels and look forward to her assistance to the families of Birmingham.

You can help those affected now by donating online, calling 1 800 RED CROSS, texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or mailing a donation form.

Make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for disaster by downloading our mobile apps.


Tornado Myths and Facts

Oklahoma Tornadoes 2013Winter is almost in the rear-view mirror and that means we can finally say goodbye to all of the snow and subzero temperatures. That’s the good news! Spring’s arrival does bring us a new weather event to be prepared for, though: tornado season. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground.  They are dangerous and require preparation. Increase your awareness for yourself, family, and friends by knowing the truth behind these four tornado myths:

Myth: Opening windows in a home or building during a tornado will help equalize pressure. Fact: Opening windows will have no effect. Stay away from windows and exterior walls. Take shelter in the basement, storm cellar or an interior room without windows on the lowest floor.

Myth: If you are caught driving during a tornado, you should always get out of your car and get in a ditch.
Fact: Try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If there is flying debris, pull over and park. Stay in the car with the seat belt on and the engine running. Put your head below the windows, covering your head with your hands and a blanket.

Myth: Cities are protected from tornadoes because of the tall buildings.
Fact: Tall buildings do not protect from tornadoes. Cities cover a small geographical area so the chances of being directly hit are small. However, tornadoes can strike anywhere.

Myth: Taking shelter in the southwest corner of your home will protect you.
Fact: This is based on an outdated theory that all tornadoes come from the northeast. Tornadoes can move from any direction and no one corner of your home is always safe.

Get access to alerts, information on what to do, and more tornado safety tips by downloading our Red Cross Tornado app for your mobile device!

Power outages!

PHSS Preparedness - A family copes during a power outage.

If you are without power due to Sunday’s storms, make sure you follow these tips to stay safe and informed!

Sudden power outages can be frustrating, especially when they last a long time. For prolonged power outages there are steps people can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of the household as comfortable as possible.

Download our Tornado app for the most up to date information on how to be prepared and how to remain informed!