Safety App Of The Week

April 29, 2013 Dave Weber No Comments


 

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Below is our “Safety App of the Week”.  These weekly features are published every Monday.  New apps are tested on Apple iPads and rated from to ♥♥♥♥♥ (♥♥♥♥♥ is the best).  Prior app of the week articles are archived here.

 

Tornado by American Red Cross

 

Official Description  

“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!

Features:

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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”1

 

Thumbs Up

  • cost is free
  • no registration or sign in required
  • well organized – easy and logical to use without any instruction
  • wow, this app does not disappoint, in fact, it’s one of the few apps whose description does not overstate its’ capabilities
  • some state governments in the USA are encouraging their employees who work at remote locations to upload this app to their iPhones and iPads
  • a must have app for anyone who is in a tornado prone area
  • the Safety Awakenings team lives in tornado prone areas, with the tornado season soon upon us, we will be taking our iPads/iPhones loaded with this app everywhere we go
  • while this app is excellent, do not use it as an excuse to toss your radios (weather band, AM/FM, short wave, ham) – when it comes to tornado alerts, redundancy is a good thing
  • in addition to this terrific tornado app, the Red Cross also has ♥♥♥♥♥ apps on: hurricanes,  wildfires,  and earthquakes
  • UPDATE May 30, 2013 – there was bad weather in our area today and a “tornado warning” was issued.  We received numerous notifications from this app on our iPads about the tornado warning.  Wow, this app sure works great!

 

Thumbs Down

  • the “shelter” directory needs updating – we checked it and found that the closest designated tornado shelter to our home office was 424 miles away; in fact, there are dozens of officially designated tornado shelters right here within 10 miles of our location

 

Overall Rating

  • iPad – ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Android – ♥♥♥♥♥

 

¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.

 

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