NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
Southern Missouri, February 27, 2014 –As we know, the Ozarks are prone to winter storms, and the American Red Cross in southern Missouri urges residents to take steps now to stay safer when severe weather threatens.
“By preparing together for winter storms, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger,” said Chris Harmon, Regional Disaster Program Officer. “We want to help your family create a disaster preparedness plan now, before our community is threatened by dangerously low temperatures, and the potential for heavy ice in this coming storm.”
One way to begin your preparedness planning is by downloading the free tornado app. Yes, I said tornado. There are two things that are part of this app that are good for all weather situations. The app includes a step by step section to help you prepare your family in order to shelter in place. In the case it gets too bad, and you can’t stay in place, the app also includes a Red Cross shelter locator.
From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and we will send you a link to download the app to your phone or you can download them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for winter storms by:
For more information on winter storm preparedness, contact the American Red Cross at 1-866-206-0256, visit www.redcross.org or www.cruzrojaamericana.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS. We urge you to share these Red Cross winter storm preparedness tips with every member of your household, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time.
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