Red Cross launches tornado safety app

      The American Red Cross haslaunched 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 notifyusers when there is a NOAA issued tornado warning in your area.{} It will also tell you when the warning isclear of your location.

      Other features of the app include:

      • Location-based NOAA tornado, severethunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;
      • Enhanced weather maps;
      • One-touch "I'm safe" messaging thatallows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends that they are outof harm's way;
      • Simple steps and checklists peoplecan use to create an emergency plan and share it with household members;
      • Preloaded content that gives usersinstant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
      • Toolkit with flashlight, strobelight and audible alarm;
      • Locations of open Red Crossshelters; and
      • Badges users can earn throughinteractive 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 bythe Red Cross.