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Natural Disasters and Weather


Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. Before a tornado, build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. During a tornado seek shelter immediately.

The American Red Cross has a mobile app that provides tornado alerts, safety tools, and information at your fingertips. Download the app today on the App Store or Google Play.


Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, however not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others such as flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. Before a flood, know your communities risk for flood-hazard, build an emergency kit, and make a family communications plan

Basement Flood Cleanup
Mold Clean-Up Procedures

The American Red Cross has a mobile app that provides flood alerts, safety tools, and information on floods at your fingertips. Download the app today on the App Store or Google Play.

Extreme Heat

Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.

During extreme heat

  • never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles;
  • stay indoors as much as possible and limit sun exposure;
  • eat a well-balanced light diet;
  • And drink plenty of water.

Sun Safety Factsheet

Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

During winter storms and extreme cold

  • stay indoors;
  • keep dry;
  • watch for signs of frostbite (loss of feeling, color in extremities);
  • And drive only when absolutely necessary.

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