Virginia Mountain Chapter Promotes Launch of Red Cross Tornado App

Red Cross Tornado App
The Red Cross has made great strides in putting vital information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies.

The Tornado App is free and available to iPhone, iPad and Android users. It 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.

Tornadoes often happen in the overnight hours when people are sleeping. The audible alerts in the app can save lives - even if users can’t monitor the weather because they are away from radio, TV or in places where weather band radios may not work.

Other features of the app include:

• Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;

• Enhanced weather maps and information provided by Weather Underground, a digital brand of The Weather Company;

• 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 Red Cross has made great strides in putting vital information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies. In fact, the apps are now on more than two million mobile devices across the country.

Visit the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, or go to redcross.org/mobileapps for download today.