Severe weather threatens millions across the Southeast ─ Follow these safety steps

Severe weather threatens millions across the Southeast ─ Follow these safety steps

Millions of people across the Southeast face the risk of severe weather over the next few days, including the potential for powerful tornadoes. The American Red Cross is monitoring the storms and preparing to respond if necessary.

The weather system is expected to bring severe thunderstorms, large hail, damaging winds and possible tornadoes to the area. The greatest risk for tornadoes is in eastern Texas, northern Louisiana and central Mississippi.

Climate crisis The climate crisis is causing extreme weather across the country. As these extreme weather disasters increase, more people need help from the Red Cross. Learn more about the Red Cross and its work on the climate crisis here.

Extreme weather safety

The Red Cross issues these steps to help people stay safe as storms move into your area:

Watch for signs of storms, such as dark skies, lightning flashes and increased winds.

  • If thunder roars, go inside. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger of lightning. Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are possible. Lightning can still be dangerous even if it’s not raining.

If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, seek shelter in a large building or… Car with windows closed.

  • Move out of mobile homes that can be blown away by high winds. Avoid using electrical appliances and phones. Use battery-operated or hand-cranked radios instead. Stay away from windows, and do not shower or use plumbing.

If you are driving, try to safely get off the road and park.

If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, heights, or… Isolated trees and metal objects, such as fences and terraces.

If someone is struck by lightning, call 911.

  • Anyone who has been struck by lightning needs specialized medical care. Check the person for burns and other injuries. If the person stops breathing, begin CPR. It is safe for people who have been struck by lightning to touch it, as they do not retain an electrical charge.

Download the free Red Cross First Aid app so you know what to do if emergency help is delayed, the free Emergency App for weather alerts, opening Red Cross shelter sites, and safety steps for various emergencies. Choose whether you want to view content in English or Spanish with the easy-to-find language selector. You can find these and all Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or going to

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