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American Red Cross rolls out new tornado alert application for smart phones

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A new smart phone application could help save your life.

The American Red Cross rolls out a tornado app for instant alerts on your smart phone.

The free app delivers tornado warnings to your cell phone.

The app includes a high pitch siren and tornado warning alert, that goes off if the National Weather Service issues a warning in the area.

And after the warning has expired or is canceled, the app shouts - all clear.

Jerry Bretthauer, Region 22's Director of Emergency Management says he thinks it's a great idea.

"Well, with the out coming of social media, your twitters, your tweets, Facebook and all that, a lot of emergency management organizations are going to providing those kinds of services," Bretthauer said.

Bretthauer says this app will be especially useful for people who can't hear or see.

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