The American Red Cross has launched its official Tornado smartphone application, putting lifesaving information in the hands of people in the path of a tornado.
The app offers a wide-range of features, including 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 canceled.
"Tornadoes often happen in the overnight hours when people are sleeping," said Nancy Brockway, Chief Emergency Services Officer, American Red Cross of Georgia. "The audible alerts in this 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."
The free app is available in English and Spanish, and on the Apple and Android platforms.
The Tornado app is the latest in a series of mobile apps created by the Red Cross. The apps have been used to help save lives during hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires.
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