The American Red Cross launched a free tornado app with lifesaving information.
The app – available in English or Spanish – gives iPhone, iPad, and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information. It will help them know what to do before, during and after a tornado.
The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals when a tornado warning has been issued in their area – even if the app is closed. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a warning has expired or been cancelled.
The audible features will especially benefit people who are sleeping, as tornadoes often happen at night; and those who are away from radio and TV, or in places where weather band radios may not work.
Other features include:
* Location-based tornado, severe thunderstorm, and flood watch; and warning alerts
* Enhanced weather maps and information provided by Weather Underground, a digital brand of The Weather Co.
* One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends
* Simple steps and checklists 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
* Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks
The app is available at www.redcross.org/mobileapps; or by searching for "American Red Cross" at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android.
Apps are not a substitute for first aid and CPR/AED training. Go to www.redcross.org/takeaclass to register.
For more information, or to donate, go to www.redcross.org, text REDCROSS to 90999, or by call 1-800-733-2767.