**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 advi...
This is the one to get if you live in tornado alley
I live in Fort Worth, Texas. We frequently have severe weather, usually Thunderstorms but occasionally there will be a tornado that could be life threatening. The trouble with most apps like this is that they go off so often you end up turning them off. We had a NOAA weather radio that went off so often that I finally threw it in the trash. With this well designed app you can easily customize the type of weather events you want to be notified about, how you want to be notified, and how near the weather event is before you are notified. We often get severe storm watches and warnings and tornado watches and I like to get silent, i.e. text notifications only, of these events. But when a tornado warning is issued within 25 miles of my home, I want the siren to sound immediately and loudly. That’s exactly what this app does. If you would like to be notified when an event is 44 or 144 miles away instead of only 25 you could specify that. It’s all up to you. You can even monitor multiple locations with separate settings for each one. For instance, you could set up separate locations for your home, your workplace, your partner’s workplace, and your child’s school. The siren has only sounded a few times in the last few years but I have been grateful to be alarmed and alerted each time it has.
Contact phone number choices MUST be fixed!
Red Cross/ 3 Sided Cube — I'm a beta tester for the Red Cross, and have been telling you this for YEARS: You MUST fix the ability to choose which number from within each Contacts listing is to be called when the "I'm Safe" button is clicked. As it is, the top number on the Contact list is the default — there is no way to select WHICH number for the app to text. Are users to go through their Contacts list and rearrange all the phone numbers to appease the app quirks? Certainly a landline auto-message asking for 25¢ to place a call is not very convenient when the ceiling has fallen in during a natural disaster. Also, what about an option to send an "I'm Safe" email vs. texting?Without these options, the apps are pretty much worthless and do not meet with your mission statement. Your agency was created to SUPPORT those affected by emergencies. These apps are falling short.
Issues reported last June 2018 haven’t been answered, addressed or fixed! Severe weather had cost lives in our area and across the US the past few days and the Red Cross app doesn’t answer respond or r ad it’s reviews for their severe tornado app or notifications problem . I’ve already deleted it once as it sent a warning Versus a watch notification, doesn’t for off as amber alerts to when phones on silent and doesn’t have special loud siren alert and only uses devices default tone. I do Disaster Recovery & Response and registered w/ VOID and a CERT team leader so this is not a consistently relatable app. Gave it another chance a year later but to no avail.
All things must pass....
I have had this app for several years. I have found it to be indispensable as protection from severe weather. With either the last upgrade or iOS upgrade earlier this month I began getting daily pop-up alerts on my phone saying the app had access to my location for three days and is that ok. Of course it is because that’s how it works right? I okayed it and the next day it was back and every day for a week. I finally fixed it by deleting the app. Now 2 weeks later the same thing happened today on my iPad and I have deleted that one also. Very sad as it was previously a “must have”.
Great app, 1 drawback
This is a fantastic app. Very useful and a great way to keep up with severe weather near a loved one. There is one drawback, however. When a Tornado Warning has been cancelled, I receive the exact same notification sound as a newly activated Tornado Warning. It says “Tornado Warning” and plays a recording of a tornado siren. Even though th warning was cancelled. I suggest this warning cancellation notification not say “Tornado Warning”? It would be better if the audible notification just say “Tornado Warning Cancelled” instead.
I wish all apps had a suggestion button. I like this app but I’d don’t look at old alerts. When I looked I had alerts going back a couple of years! And you had to delete them one by one. I would like to at least have batch delete. I assume it’s taking up space on my phone. Or else they could self delete after a day.
Dropped the ball last weekend
Last week with the series of storms rolling through my town even after refreshing multiple times, the storm was half way over before it changed from “All is Well” to showing that there was a Tornado warning in effect for us. Luckily I don’t rely solely on one app for alerts. My husbands watch woke me up with pings to alert us to take cover. (Apparently our sirens were going off, but we can’t hear them from where I am). I wouldn’t trust this app in the future and I deleted it.
Every alert says TORNADO
I realize it’s the name of the app but it freaked me out the first time. It’s misleading because the heading of every alert is TORNADO. You should either change it to what the alert is or abbreviate the app name. Other than that it seems like a useful app.
All monitor settings GONE???
This most recent update (3.11.0) wiped out all of my settings. I’m monitoring seven locations, all with different regional concerns and radii. Setting up these locations was already unnecessarily tedious and time-consuming, especially as they need to be carefully refined over time to minimize the many irrelevant alerts. And now they’re all gone. Poof. Same thing with the other two Red Cross apps I use. All personal monitoring settings completely wiped out. I am beyond dissatisfied. Useless.
Why can’t I adjust my alert radius on “current location” anymore? I checked today and basically had a 10’ alert radius.. I had it once set at 100 miles. I can not adjust it now. It seems to change size very slightly; appears to be at a mile now, still of no comfort. I loved that I could set a 100 mile radius as it benefited my particular situation immensely. Fix this and give the radius adjustment back and I’ll change my rating to the 5 stars it would have gotten before.
App needs a lot of work!
I was so excited to see the AR has an app like this, so I downloaded it in severe weather we were having last night. It is extremely buggy! You can’t even figure out what you are doing because instead of displaying the labels of the buttons and fields in the app, it displays the database field names. If the AR has abandoned this app, they should remove it from the store. If you don’t care about the app, then my guess is that monitoring also has to be poor.
We have had a few tornadoes in our area lately & the Warning Notification always goes off & warns us. This App is exactly what we need during severe weather, even if you live in an area that usually doesn’t get a lot of tornadoes.
I depend on this app for ALL my weather emergencies ! It also teaches you how to be prepared for emergencies!! Here are 5 reasons I LOVE THIS APP!! 1- IT IS FREE!! 2-The phone siren Wakes you up! 3- it alerts you even before your local alerts & local sirens! Remember Seconds save lives & this gives you many seconds!!! 4-it monitors your location so you are alerted of incoming weather even when traveling or visiting family! 5- you don't get bogus warnings like too hot outside or whatever. Red Cross offers specific apps that cover weather in your area. Hurricanes, tornados, earthquake, etc.
Let’s me choose what alerts I get
PRO: I don’t want this thing going off every time my area is under a severe thunderstorm warning or a tornado WATCH. I only want it to go off if there is a tornado WARNING. This was easy to set up. CON: I decided to set up the “Im Safe” notifications options. But ARGGH - after u pick a contact it just grabs the first phone # listed for that contact - it doesn’t let u choose which phone # for that person. PLEASE FIX THIS
Nation wide storm chasers
Great app to have I’ve yet to have problems, I’m a storm chaser/ over the road truck driver so it’s helpful I highly recommend it, it also helps me with alerts so I can put them on my Facebook page witch is called nation wide storm chasers
Yes. Tornado: American Red Cross is quiet safe to use but use with caution. This is based on our NLP (Natural language processing) analysis of over 305 User Reviews sourced from the Appstore and the appstore cumulative rating of 3.7/5 . Justuseapp Safety Score for Tornado: American Red Cross Is 25.8/100.
Yes. Tornado: American Red Cross is legit, but not 100% legit to us. This conclusion was arrived at by running over 305 Tornado: American Red Cross User Reviews through our NLP machine learning process to determine if users believe the app is legitimate or not. Based on this, Justuseapp Legitimacy Score for Tornado: American Red Cross Is 25.8/100.
Tornado: American Red Cross works most of the time. If it is not working for you, we recommend you excersise some patience and retry later or Contact Support.
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