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Prepare for Severe Weather with Tornado and Flood Apps

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Red Cross apps help families and individuals know what to do during severe weather events.

As severe weather threatens communities from the Midwest to the Southeast, the American Red Cross wants to make sure people are prepared for tornadoes and floods. Download the free Red Cross Tornado and Flood Apps that puts information at your fingertips on what to do before, during and after the storm hits.

Since Sunday, the Red Cross tornado app has sent more than 5.5 million storm alerts to several hundred thousand people each day when severe weather threatened.

TORNADO APP While communities are recovering from devastating tornadoes over the past few days, other communities are preparing as the threat of tornadoes moves east. The Red Cross Tornado App can help with safety tips such as:

  • During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.
  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
  • If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or severe wind.
  • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
  • Download the Tornado App for more information.

    FLOOD APP With storm systems drenching parts of the country with torrential rainfall, flood warnings have been issued as waters rise. The Red Cross Flood App can help with safety tips such as:

  • Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
  • Download the Flood App for more information.

    APP FEATURES Both the Tornado App and Flood App include the following features:

  • 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 that require no mobile connectivity.
  • Audible siren that automatically goes off even if app is closed when NOAA issues a tornado or flood warning helping to reduce the chance of sleeping through an actual warning.
  • Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most.
  • Let friends and family know you’re safe with customizable “I’m Safe” notification sharable thru social media, text and email.
  • Be ready should a tornado or flood hit by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
  • Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
  • Know the difference between a warning and a watch.
  • Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages.
  • Let others know where you are with the Toolkit’s strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
  • The app can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.