The American Red Cross has released a new app in hopes to keep you safe this tornado season. The Tornado App is the newest addition to a series of apps released by the Red Cross.

The app will provide real-time information to users so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado. Part of the app's features is a high-pitched siren and "tornado warning" alert that goes off when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued.  The siren goes off even with the app closed. The Tornado App is available in Spanish and English and is available to iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users. 

 Other features of the app include:

  • Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;American Red Cross Logo

  • Enhanced weather maps and information provided by Weather Underground, a digital brand of The Weather Company;

  • One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets 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.


American Red Cross“Tornadoes happen without much warning, any way to get people information to protect themselves and their family is useful,” said Samantha Hill, Red Cross regional emergency services director for eastern South Dakota.

The app as the potential to save thousands of lives by helping people prepare for severe weather. 

The Tornado App can be downloaded in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store  or by visiting www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app.

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