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Posted on: April 23, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Tornado App from American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has released a free tornado app for iPhones and Android phones that will notify you with an audible siren when NOAA issues a Tornado Warning.

The American Red Cross has developed a tornado app for iPhones and Android phones. The app is free. From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and they will send you a link to download the app to your phone, or you can download the app directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.
Some of the features include:• 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 require 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.• Be ready should a tornado hit by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
• 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 connection.

For more information, check out the American Red Cross Tornado App site.

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