Tornado App

  • Download the Red Cross Tornado App!


Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to be ready.

To download: text "GETNADO" to 90999 or search "Red Cross Tornado" in the Apple App Store or Google Play.


  • 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 requires no mobile connectivity.
  • Audible siren that automatically goes off even if app is closed when NOAA issues a TORNADO WARNING helping to reduce the chance of sleeping through an actual warning.
  • Push notification sent when a WARNING expires – especially important if power goes out while you or your family are in your safe room.
  • Help distant friends and family in tornado alley with ability to receive tornado watch and warning alerts based on their location from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most.
  • Be ready should a tornado hit by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
  • Reduce your household’s stress and anxiety should a tornado hit by learning to make and practice an emergency plan.
  • Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
  • Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your tornado knowledge.
  • Know how many tornadoes have occurred in your area.
  • Know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado alert.
  • Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages.
  • Simply let friends/family know you’re safe with customizable “I’m Safe” notification sharable thru social media, text and email.
  • Let others know where you are with the Toolkit’s strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.


We just got our first real test of the Red Cross app. There was a tornado spotted on the ground headed right for our house. The app alerted us with its tornado alarm thirty seconds before the public tornado sirens were activated. We were able to get everybody to the basement with plenty of time. Luckily the tornado missed us, and we were safe. The extra time we had to prepare could have been the difference between life and death. I would recommend this app to everyone!

- 5 stars by Cello12396 for version 1.0.2

Very useful! We can not hear sirens from our house and this app monitors our address and any other we choose and let's us know about any alerts. Alerts you with an actual tornado siren from your phone when there is a warning. Thanks Red Cross!

- 5 stars by Long house for version 1.0.2

This was recommended to me after the night of storms a few weeks ago. It sits by and silently protects you and will alert you when dangerous weather is approaching your location or the location that you saved.

- 4 stars by Cindylouwho123 for version 1.0.2