Prepare Now For Severe Weather - Here's How

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- With severe storms looming over northeast Kansas this weekend, the American Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter wants to make sure you know how to stay safe when thunderstorms and tornadoes strike.

Preparation - they say - could mean the difference between life and death.

“By preparing together for severe thunderstorms, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger,” said Jo Ann Long, Community Chapter Executive. “We can help you and your family create a disaster preparedness plan now, before our community is threatened by high winds, hail, lightning, excessive rainfall and even tornadoes.”

Here's what the Red Cross recommends to keep you and your family safe in severe weather:

Make a Home Disaster Plan: Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail. Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home. Remove animals from vulnerable dog houses and similar small structures.

Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

Nighttime Storms: If severe weather is forecasted after dark, it is important to remain alert. Be sure to have a weather alert on your phone or weather radio and keep the volume turned up if you fall asleep. NOT ALL OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS CAN BE HEARD FROM INDOORS.

Download Red Cross’s Free Tornado App: This app features location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts; enhanced weather maps; one touch “I’m safe” button to reassure family and friends via social media; a toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and locations of open Red Cross shelters. The Tornado App, along with other apps, can be found in the Apply App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to People can go to for more safety tips.

Posted by: Nick Viviani