Around here, severe weather can happen any time. Now you can be more prepared.

The new Red Cross tornado app, available in English or Spanish, gives iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone and some tablet users instant access to local and real-time information.

The app includes 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 cancelled.

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