Red Cross Puts Resources on Alert in Advance of Saturday Storms
WICHITA, Kan., 4/14/12 – As conditions for tornadoes threaten central Kansas, the Midway-Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing and is encouraging people and families to do the same.
The Red Cross in Wichita has put its volunteers on standby and has contacted its community supporters and possible shelter locations. With any storm, Red Cross encourages the community to be prepared, also.
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference. When preparing, make sure to include extended family in your plan by utilizing the Red Cross website Safe and Well. Available through redcross.org, Safe and Well lets family know loved ones are OK, while protecting privacy and keeping phone lines free. The Red Cross also recommends that individuals and families prepare for tornadoes by:
- Creating and practicing a Home Tornado Plan: Pick a “safe room” or uncluttered area without windows where family members and pets could seek shelter on the lowest floor possible: a basement, a center hallway, a bathroom or a closet. Putting as many walls between you and the outside provides additional protection.
- Assembling a Emergency Preparedness Kit: Kits should contain a first aid kit and essential medications, foods that don’t require cooking or refrigeration and manual can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries and other emergency items for the whole family.
- Heeding Storm Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information. A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area. When a tornado WARNING is issued, go to the safe room you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects.
- Preparing for High Winds: Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically removing branches so that wind can blow through. Install permanent shutters on your windows and add protection to the outside areas of sliding glass doors. Strengthen garage doors and unreinforced masonry. Move or secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind and become a projectile.
For updates on Red Cross activities in preparation for this weekend’s storms, follow the Midway-Kansas Chapter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WichitaRedCross. You can also contact the Midway-Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross at 219-4000, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800 REDCROSS.