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Red Cross urges residents to prepare for severe weather

The American Red Cross is urging residents to make sure households, schools and business are prepared for

possible severe weather.

“Listen to weather alerts and designate a safe space where people can gather for the duration of the storm,” said Beth Leggett, Ottawa County Director, “The area should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor away from windows.”

The American Red Cross Tornado App gives iPhone, iPad and Android users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.

The free app includes a high-pitched siren and alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.

Other features of the app include:

Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;

One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;

Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;

Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and

Locations of open Red Cross shelters.

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