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American Red Cross: Free, Official Tornado App, St. Louis Area

Tornado App
Many of us saw how it delivered critical information as severe weather hit our area last week.

With the threat of severe weather and in light of the recent tornadoes in the St. Louis area, the American Red Cross reminds everyone about its free, official Tornado App. It puts lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in tornado-prone areas.

The new Red Cross tornado app—available in English or Spanish—gives iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone and some tablet users instant access to local and real-time information. The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning” alert that signals people when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area – even if the app is closed. An “all clear” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.

“Just weeks into the launch of the new Red Cross tornado app, many of us saw how it delivered critical information as severe weather hit our area last week,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “It warns you right away when severe weather is near.”

Features of the app include:

  • Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;
  • Enhanced weather maps;
  • One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends 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.
  • The Tornado App is the latest in a series of free mobile apps created by the Red Cross, the nation’s leader in emergency preparedness. The suite includes apps for first aid, hurricanes, earthquakes, disaster shelters and wildfires.

    The Red Cross is part of the “All Ready” campaign, a unified effort among emergency preparedness experts in the bi-state region that focuses on the importance of individual preparedness. The campaign encourages the three critical steps of preparedness: Make a plan, Get a kit, Be informed.

    Locally, the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.