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Red Cross launches tornado safety app

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The American Red Cross has launched a new free app for iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users which can provide real-time information, so you know what to do before, during and after a tornado.  The app has audio alerts that will notify users when there is a NOAA issued tornado warning in your area.  It will also tell you when the warning is clear of your location.

Other features of the app include:

  • Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;
  • Enhanced weather maps;
  • One-touch "I'm safe" messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends that they are out of harm's way;
  • Simple steps and checklists people can use to create an emergency plan and share it with household members;
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm;
  • Locations of open Red Cross shelters; and
  • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.


Launched during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Tornado App is the latest in a series of mobileapps created by the Red Cross.

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