The American Red Cross Prepares for Possible Weather Threats


The Red Cross volunteer units in Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and North Platte have been preparing as severe weather is expected to hit Tuesday afternoon.

"The American Red Cross has been preparing by calling our volunteers, making sure that all of our volunteers are ready to go. But we have also been preparing our homes and our personal selves as well, which is really what we are encouraging everyone to do today ahead of the storm," said communication manager Liz Dorland.

Dorland advises having a preparedness kit in the event of a tornado or power outage. The kit should include a blanket, water, food, necessary medications, a flashlight and any other materials essential for your family, and should be kept in your designated shelter area.

The Red Cross also advises downloading their free tornado app to receive alerts even late at night.

"That tornado app will alert you as soon as that warning comes out. And it's very loud, it'll wake you up in the dead of your sleep and tell you the threat is real and it's time to get to your tornado shelter," explained Dorland.

The app also includes locations of open Red Cross shelters. You can also go online or call to find a shelter nearest you.

Dorland says volunteer units will be on call and standing by in the event they are needed for relief and clean up after the threat of danger has passed.

If you'd like information on ways to get involved or volunteer, you can visit their website at