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Editors' Review

If you live in a tornado-prone area, you might want Tornado -- American Red Cross on your Android phone or tablet. This informative free app helps users prepare for possible tornado outbreaks, issues alerts, and even finds shelters and emergency services if need be. It also teaches about tornadoes and even quizzes (and rewards) your knowledge.


Educational achievements: This app teaches the science of tornadoes, famous historic tornadoes, and other information. You can quiz yourself to win Achievements certifying your knowledge.

Emergency tools: Tapping the briefcase icon opened a full menu of Emergency Tools, including a Flashlight, strobe light, alarm, test siren, and First Aid.

Other extras: An animated weather map with multiple Satellite and Standard views is just one of this app's useful extras. Others include a Shelters finder, customizable Alerts, and many more Red Cross resources, courses, FAQs, and links.


It's a twister! If everything you know about tornadoes comes from "The Wizard of Oz," this informative, well-made app probably won't be as exciting as it should be, especially if you live in or near Tornado Alley.

Warmer: In this new and unsettling variation of the" hot-or-cold" directions game, the tornadoes get nearer as you get warmer. Tornadoes are already occurring in unusual places due to climate change, a trend likely to accelerate. Be prepared!

Bottom Line

Tornado is one of a series of free or inexpensive weather and emergency preparedness apps from the American Red Cross. It's a great learning resource, but it could be a lifesaver, too.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.3
-- Version 1.0.3 --Fixed issue with alert settings not saving properly when hitting the checkbox-- Version 1.0.1 --Fixed issue with tornado alert sounds not working for some devicesOther bug fixes
Publisher American Red Cross
Publisher web site
Release Date April 01, 2013
Date Added March 22, 2013
Version 1.0.3
Category Home Software
Subcategory Weather Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android/2.3.3 - 2.3.7
Additional Requirements Compatible with 2.3.3 and above.
Download Information
File Size 11.14MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 93
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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