Download free Tornado App to get ready for rain, strong winds and possible tornados
The American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot counties is urging residents to make sure households, schools and business are prepared for possible severe weather including rain, strong winds and possible tornados.
“Listen to weather alerts and designate a safe space where people can gather for the duration of the storm,” said Todd James, Executive Director, “The area should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor away from windows.”
Download Tornado App
The American Red Cross Tornado App is available in English or Spanish and gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.
The free app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. This feature allows users to make critical decisions and to take actions to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe even in the middle of the night. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.
Other features of the app include:
“If a tornado is threatening your area, listen for alerts and warnings, grab your emergency preparedness kit and head to your designated safe area,” James added. “Be prepared to evacuate if necessary and have a communications plan in place with your family including an out-of-town contact.”
The Tornado App, along with other apps, can be found in the Apply App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps. People can go to redcross.org/tornado for more safety tips.