Emergency Management News

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Free Tornado Warning & Alert App by American Red Cross

Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado
App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts
everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that
comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and
simple step-by-step advice it's never been easier to be ready.

From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and we will
send you a link to download the app to your phone or you can download
them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.


• Simple step-by-step instructions to help you know what-to-do even if
the cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before,
during, and after requires no mobile connectivity.
• Audible siren that automatically goes off even if app is closed when
NOAA issues a TORNADO WARNING helping to reduce the chance of sleeping
through an actual warning.
• Push notification sent when a WARNING expires – especially important
if power goes out while you or your family are in your safe room.
• Help distant friends and family in tornado alley with ability to
receive tornado watch and warning alerts based on their location from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
• Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most.
• Be ready should a tornado hit by learning how to assemble an
emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or
• Reduce your household's stress and anxiety should a tornado hit by
learning to make and practice an emergency plan.
• Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety
information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with
your friends and show off your tornado knowledge.
• Know how many tornadoes have occurred in your area.
• Know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado alert.
• Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages.
• Simply let friends/family know you're safe with customizable "I'm
Safe" notification sharable thru social media, text and email.
• Let others know where you are with the Toolkit's strobe light,
flashlight and audible alert functions.

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