Video: Cabarrus students raise money for tornado relief

Kindergartners in Mrs. Pamela Deal’s class at Cox Mill Elementary School in Concord championed a fund raising project to raise money for the American Red Cross and help their neighbors in Harrisburg, who were affected by the March 3 tornado.

The class was proud to present the Red Cross with a check for more than $600! That money will help provide disaster relief for their local community.

Cox Mill has the Red Cross with our relief efforts in Haiti, among other things.


What we’re reading – storms

We really enjoyed Steve Lyttle’s blog about the March 3 tornado (courtesy of the Charlotte Observer):

How strong was the tornado? Or more specifically, was it really stronger than an EF2.

Granted, to the people who lost their homes or had them heavily damaged, it seems trifling to quibble over the strength of the tornado. This is a scientific issue, but an EF3 rating would have been interesting, because since 1950 — the start of the data base kept by NOAA — there has not been a tornado stronger than an EF2 recorded in Mecklenburg County.

Also from the Charlotte Observer, a good piece on the biggest weather threat in Charlotte:

“More people have died in Charlotte floods over the last 20 years than from tornadoes and lightning combined,” said Dave Canaan, director of the county staff for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.

Lowe’s, Jimmie Johnson race to help communities hit by tornadoes

From Lowe’

In response to the deadly outbreak of tornadoes across the central and southern United States, Lowe’s announced today it will expand its relief efforts by teaming with five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on Sunday at the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas. As part of Lowe’s Racing for Relief program, Lowe’s will match the race earnings of Team 48 on Sunday, with a minimum donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross. Together, Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports also will donate $48,000 toward the cause.

To join Lowe’s in its disaster relief efforts, make a donation to the American Red Cross at,, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Tornado safety tips

As the Red Cross continues tornado relief efforts across 11 states in the U.S., we thought it would be good to give you some key safety tips that you might not know already:

If you are inside, head to a safe spot in your home away from windows or glass. Put as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible. If you have time, grab blankets, pillows or thick comforters to wrap around your body.

Our friends at FEMA also suggest grabbing bicycle helmets or motorcycle helmets and use them for head protection

If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:
  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park.

Now you have the following options as a last resort:

  • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. 

Download the Red Cross tornado safety checklist