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Tornado by American Red Cross for iOS

By American Red Cross Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 24, 2014

Tornado by American Red Cross is a complete resource for tracking tornadoes in your area and learning what to do when a tornado warning is issued. You can set up notifications when tornado alerts are issued for various locations, and you can view the historical patterns of tornadoes in your area.

Pros

I'm safe message: This app gives you the ability to customize a message to send to your friends and family to let them know you're safe if a tornado does strike your area. When you set this up ahead of time, you can let everyone know at once via email, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter, and set their minds at ease quickly. Add a personalized message if you choose to, and then add specific recipients from your contact list, or just post your message directly to one of the social networks supported.

Creating a plan: The app also walks you through the process of making an emergency plan for your family, so everyone knows what to do and where to go if a tornado warning is issued or if a tornado actually strikes your area. With this feature, you can add each of your family members, assign them specific responsibilities, and select meeting points where you can regroup, if you become separated at any point.

Cons

NOAA optimization: This app includes a link to the NOAA Weather page, which provides live streaming weather reports and access to weather cams from various locations. But the page is not optimized for mobile devices, which can make it a little difficult to navigate, especially if you're in a hurry.

Bottom Line

If you live in an area that's often visited by tornadoes, or if you have friends or family who do, this app is an excellent resource. It provides everything you need to know about tornadoes all in one place, and its intuitive interface makes it easy to find critical information in an emergency.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.4

We've made improvements to our content delivery in case we ever need to deliver urgent updates to the app content.

General

Release October 10, 2017
Date Added October 10, 2017
Version 3.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 52
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

One of CNN's 7 apps to help survive a tornado. Get your family and home ready for a tornado. the American Red Cross tornado app is the complete solution you need to understand and prepare for a tornado and all that comes with it. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it's never been easier to be ready. Ahora disponible en espanol. Features: Free and available in English and Spanish. Audible siren when NOAA issues a Tornado warning for any of your monitored locations letting you know when it's time to go to your safe room plus an all-clear alert when the warning expires (Note: Alerts' sounds will NOT override if phone is on vibrate or in sleep mode). Customizable alerting and push notification options. Easy to view alert feed with the ability to remove alerts. 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. Help distant friends and family in tornado alley with ability to receive tornado watch and warning alerts based on their location from NOAA. Map with open Red Cross shelters and other weather-related layers. 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. Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your tornado knowledge. Know the difference between a watch and a warning. 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.