As summer approaches, the American Red Cross is urging individuals everywhere to keep severe weather on their minds and come up with a plan for when it strikes.
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life or death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for tornadoes by:
The American Red Cross also has a tornado app available for download to help keep you safe. It gives users instant access to local 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 canceled.
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," Labellarte said.
To find the tornado app or other Red Cross apps, search 'American Red Cross' in your app store or go to redcross.org/mobileapps.
For more information on tornado preparedness, contact the Nebraska/SW Iowa Region of the American Red Cross at (402) 343-7700, visit www.redcross.org/neia or call 1-800 RED CROSS.