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Remembering the 2010 Lake Township Tornado

Remembering the 2010 Lake Township Tornado
If a tornado is threatening your area, it is vital to listen for alerts and warnings.

Three years after tornadoes devastated the local communities of Lake Township and Millbury, the American Red Cross continues to remember those affected by the disaster.

Red Cross is urging the local community to ensure households, schools, and business are prepared for possible severe weather like the recent tornadoes that touched down in Oklahoma, across the Midwest, and here in Northwest Ohio just a few short years ago.

“If a tornado is threatening your area, it is vital to listen for alerts and warnings. You can be further prepared by using the app to assemble an emergency preparedness kit and decide on a designated safe area,” said Chris Diefenthaler, director of American Red Cross in Wood County. “With the tornado app, you can be prepared to evacuate if necessary. It has incredible features including an alarm that sounds in the event of a tornado warning – even if the app is closed. It could help save your life.”

Download Tornado App

The American Red Cross Tornado App is available in English or Spanish and gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.

The FREE app includes a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. This feature allows users to make critical decisions and to take actions to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe even in the middle of the night. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.

Other features of the app include:

  • Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;
  • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
  • Locations of open Red Cross shelters.
  • The Tornado App, along with other apps, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to People can also visit for more severe weather safety tips.

    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, like us on Facebook at American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, or follow us on Twitter at @redcrossnwo.