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8:04 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Red Cross Urging Earthquake Preparedness With 'ShakeOut' Drill

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The American Red Cross is encouraging Oklahoma residents to participate in the Great Central ShakeOut Earthquake Drill so people can learn and practice what to do if they ever experience an earthquake.

Millions of people across the country and around the world will be participating in Thursday's drill.

Regional Red Cross CEO Janienne Bella says with the increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years, it's essential that people take proper steps to prepare a safety plan.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes

Red Cross worker Shannon Reed leads a class of Soldier Creek Elementary fifth graders in practicing a tornado drill. The Red Cross is visiting schools throughout the region, including this one in Midwest City, to teach
Jason Colston/American Red Cross

During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also know what to do when weather rolls in.

Shannon Reed is a Community Resiliency Specialist with the Red Cross. Last month, she spent a day in a gymnasium at Carney Elementary School, teaching kids about severe weather.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado

Gloria and Francisco Sanchez stand in front of their new ranch house, still under construction a year after a tornado destroyed their last home in Moore, Okla.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am

A devastating EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., a year ago Tuesday. Just 11 days later, another twister ravaged the Oklahoma City metro area.

Nine of the 23 people who died as a result of the second storm were members of the local Latino community. Their deaths have sparked efforts to better prepare Hispanic families for storms.

On a windy afternoon in Oklahoma City, American Red Cross volunteer Ivelisse Cruz hands out stickers to families at the Children's Day Festival.

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Weather Preparedness
7:36 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Red Cross Awards $6.5 Million For Storm Shelters In Central Oklahoma

Red Cross officials Thursday afternoon announced a total of $10.3 million in grants to May 2013 storms affected communities to help their residents install shelters.
American Red Cross of Western and Central Oklahoma

The American Red Cross has awarded $6.5 million to Oklahoma cities, counties and tribes to purchase and install individual storm shelters.

Thursday's grant announcement brings the total awarded by theRed Cross to communities in Oklahoma to build storm shelters to $10.3 million. The Red Cross says this should support installing as many as 4,000 shelters in areas affecting by deadly storms last year.

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9:19 am
Tue February 18, 2014

What To Do When The Earth Shakes? Red Cross Earthquake App Has Answers

University of Oklahoma graduate students near Wellston, Okla., installing a seismometer to study central-Oklahoma's earthquake swarm.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

As Oklahomans continue to deal with earthquakes, the American Red Cross is reminding residents of a phone app that tells them what to do before, during and after a temblor.

Oklahoma has been experiencing a significant jump in the number of earthquakes in recent years, and researchers are still trying to determine why.

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Indian Times
2:56 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Tribe and Red Cross Help Native and Non-Native Residents Recover from Tornadoes

Local residents register with Red Cross at the Little Axe Resource Center
Credit Susan Shannon

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe’s Little Axe Resource Center is surrounded by greenery and gently rolling hills making it a beautiful backdrop for what has become a place to get help and some of the necessities of life for the surrounding residents.

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