Yesterday, nearly two dozen tornadoes devastated communities in the South and Midwest. With more severe weather expected in the coming days, the Red Cross offers a FREE tornado app to help keep New Yorkers informed and their loved ones in affected areas prepared.
Red Cross urges New Yorkers to download the tornado app onto their mobile devices and to remind their loved ones in affected areas to do the same.
The app includes the “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know they are okay and find the location of Red Cross shelters. The app also includes a high-pitched siren and warning alert that signals when severe weather warnings are issued, as well as an all-clear alert that lets users know when a warning has expired or has been cancelled. Additionally, the app provides information on what to do when a storm is approaching. Over the weekend, the Red Cross sent out 2.1 million severe weather notifications through its tornado app for tornado and thunderstorm watches and warnings. Click here to learn more.
To download app, visit the iTunes or Android app store and search “Red Cross Tornado App.”
RED CROSS TORNADO RESPONSE IN MIDWEST AND SOUTH
The American Red Cross is helping people in Arkansas and several other states affected by Sunday’s devastating tornadoes.
More than 200 people spent Sunday night in shelters in Arkansas that were opened or supported by Red Cross workers. The Red Cross is also providing health and mental health services, and Red Cross emergency vehicles will be distributing food throughout the affected areas.
SEVERE WEATHER NOT OVER
The chance of severe storms is moving eastward today and could impact people in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Red Cross chapters in those areas are preparing to respond by readying shelters, supplies and volunteers.
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 redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.