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Tornado warning and alert app available to UH community
 
The University of Houston Emergency Management Bureau wants to share a new application with the campus community.

Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice, it’s never been easier to be ready.

From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and receive a link to download the app to a phone, or download it directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

Features

  • 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 a tornado requires no mobile connectivity.
  • Audible siren that automatically goes off even if app is closed when NOAA issues a tornado warning helping to reduce the chance of sleeping through an actual warning.
  • Push notification sent when a warning expires – especially important if power goes out while you or your family are in your safe room.
  • Help distant friends and family in tornado alley with the ability to receive tornado watch and warning alerts based on their location from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most.
  • 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.
  • Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at any time, even without reception or an Internet connection.
  • Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your tornado knowledge.
  • Know how many tornadoes have occurred in your area.
  • Know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado alert.
  • 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 stobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.