Severe weather is threatening a large part of Tennessee and the American Red Cross has steps people can take to help stay safe if dangerous storms threaten their neighborhood.
TORNADO SAFETY A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in the area. People should be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or someone suspects a tornado is approaching. A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar. People should immediately go underground to a basement, storm cellar or interior room of the house.
Some signs of a tornado include dark, often greenish clouds, a wall of clouds or cloud of debris, large hail, a funnel cloud or roaring noise. Steps people should remember if a tornado warning is issued include:
THUNDERSTORMS If someone can hear thunder, they are close enough for lightning to be a threat. If thunder roars, go indoors and stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the thunder stops.
More information on what to do before, during and after all types of emergencies is available in the Preparedness section of redcross.org.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP The all-inclusive, free Red Cross Emergency app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.