Tornadoes: Safety Tips and Ways to Help

By Stephanie Heckman, Red Cross Public Relations InternAs recent events in Oklahoma and Texas have shown us, tornadoes can strike anytime and anywhere. Midwestern states, like our lovely home state of Ohio, are particularly susceptible to tornadoes. Weather patterns can change rapidly and disasters happen overnight. The best time to prepare is long before you…… Continue reading Tornadoes: Safety Tips and Ways to Help

Have You Prepared for Tornado Season?

It is Tornado Season and we are in the thick of it.  There have already been multiple tornadoes in the U.S. this year, some rating as high as F3 and F4.  Tornadoes are rated by a scale F0 (weakest) to F5 (strongest). A tornado with a damage level of F3 occurred this spring, starting in Tennessee and Central Kentucky, and later extending to Central/Southern Indiana…… Continue reading Have You Prepared for Tornado Season?

When the umbrellas go up, don’t let your guard down

Last week and last weekend was a rough one for people living in the south. A line of severe storms hit the area destroying homes, closing highways and causing power outages. The Red Cross was there to help those forced from their homes. Stay tuned to the Disaster Online Newsroom for the latest on these…… Continue reading When the umbrellas go up, don’t let your guard down

That'll Never Happen Here…

So the Midwest is pretty tame right? What exciting and dangerous things ever happen here? While we’re certainly don’t have earthquakes like those that rock the California coast, we definitely have some disaster potential. One of the most important parts of surviving a disaster is knowing what kind of disaster can occur in your area. The misconception that…… Continue reading That'll Never Happen Here…

Spring Tornado Tips

Spring is approaching and with it, tornado season, typically April through July, however, tornados can happen any time. Get prepared by ensuring there is a radio in your disaster kit that can be tuned to weather broadcasts in the event of an emergency. Your kit should also have some fun stuff in it, so if…… Continue reading Spring Tornado Tips

School Clothes, Hand Sanitizer and Batteries – What a Shopping List!

Sunday, my six-year-old son asked me, while driving home from an afternoon at the zoo, “Mommy, why don’t you go shopping anymore?” I had no idea where he was coming from with this question so asked him what he meant. He explained, rather slowly so that I would understand what he thought I should already…… Continue reading School Clothes, Hand Sanitizer and Batteries – What a Shopping List!