Red Cross assisting multiple Upstate families after severe weath - FOX Carolina 21

Red Cross assisting multiple Upstate families after severe weather

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American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are lending a helping hand after the homes of several families throughout the Upstate were damaged by Friday's severe weather.

Red Cross officials said they're assisting two adults in Greenwood after their home on Lindsey Avenue was damaged. They are also assisting another family of two adults and two children in Clinton.

American Red Cross shared a list of tips on safety during the warmer months:

As we’ve seen tonight, Spring brings with it budding trees, blooming flowers, and refreshing showers.  However, these spring showers can quickly turn into dangerous thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning happen more often in the afternoon and evening, but can strike at any time of the day or night.Lightning kills more people every year than hurricanes.  Tornadoes and high winds can damage homes, blowdown trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages and damage to homes.

To help protect yourself and your family:

  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household.
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap..
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies.

For more tips and to create a family emergency plan, download the Red Cross Emergency app at redcross.org/apps.

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