Set Up Tornado Alerts

A common concern for people in areas with tornado threats is whether you can safely go to sleep when severe weather surrounds your home. Luckily, the Tornado app has a helpful tool that lets you monitor any number of locations for warnings and alerts. It can have your phone emit an alarm sound when you are in an area with a tornado warning.

STEP 1.
Open the Red Cross Tornado app on your phone. Below are screenshots of what the app home icon and home page look like.

Tornado App - Setup alerts for early warning

STEP 2.
Select the Tornadoes button from the navigation menu at the bottom of your screen. You'll then see the Alerts screen.

Tornado App - Setup alerts for early warning

STEP 3.
Select the Locations Monitored field and follow the directions on the next screen to search for your zip code. You can add multiple locations if you wish.

Tornado App - Setup alerts for early warning

STEP 4.
Go back to the Manage Alerts screen and click the Alert Settings link. Enable notifications and sounds. Be sure your phone's volume setting is turned up and that it is not set to "silent" or "airplane" mode.

Tornado App - Setup alerts for early warning

STEP 5.
Go back to the main Tornadoes screen and hit "What alerts will I get?" for more information. You can also check out the Weather Map to see the latest radar map.

Tornado App - Setup alerts for early warnings

That's it! The tornado alarm warnings will sound on your phone even when the app is closed. When you go to bed, be sure to keep your phone nearby and have a pair of sturdy shoes and a flashlight by your bed!