Flood, flash flood, and even some tornado warnings have been issued in the last 24 hours for areas ranging from the Carolinas to New England. When you have multiple weather warnings in your area, how do you make the most of Red Cross safety tips to stay safe?
If you are in an area with both flooding and tornado warnings, how do you assess the situation and prioritize which actions to take?
Here’s what Paul Meyers, who works on Red Cross preparedness, suggests:
My advice revolves around Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed.
My first recommendation would be to follow the recommendations from local authorities, as they’ll have the most up-to-date and local info. This will come via TV, commercial radio stations or NOAA weather radio.
People should also make a plan for what they will do if they have to evacuate. Where will they go and stay? Where will they take their pets (Red Cross shelters can’t accept pets for health reasons)? What will they take with them if they evacuate (eg their emergency preparedness kit, which should include medications). And how will they communicate their plans with the rest of their household?