Topeka, Kansas, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – The Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is on the scene in Marysville, Kansas to help those affected by the tornado that touched down Monday night. Red Cross volunteers are working closely with Emergency Management and will be assessing damage over the next few days and will work with affected families to meet their immediate needs.
“In the days to come, the Kansas Capital Area Chapter will be reaching out to help residents impacted by the tornado get back on their feet,” said Meghan Spreer, Communications Director. With more severe weather forecasted through the week, The Red Cross offers the following safety tips:
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, follow the Kansas Capital Area Chapter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kscapredcross. You can also contact the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross at 785-234-0568, visit www.redcross.org/kansacapital or call 1-800 REDCROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.