NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Twelve tornadoes touched down in Eastern North Carolina on April 16th, 2011. Twelve people were killed, dozens of homes destroyed and Greene County Middle School was damaged. As we enter this year's severe weather season, there is a new tornado app from the American Red Cross that could help alert your family to severe weather danger.
"It's an early warning system for tornado watches and warnings," said Tom Monte, Vice President of the Board of the Coastal Carolina American Red Cross.
This one app has simple steps and checklists people can use to create an emergency plan and share with your family. There are tools such as a flashlight, strobe light and an alarm.
The app helps you prepare before the storm, alerts you during the storm and when the storm is over, one touch lets your friends and family know that you are ok.
"It auto-fills a text message of an email, and then you can sent it to a family member or a friend and tell them that you are safe," said Monte.
The American Red Cross already has a hurricane app. It was looked at 15 million times during Superstorm Sandy and was downloaded 400,000 times.
"It's an important app in that it will provide you with some safety," said Monte.
As NewsChannel12 tracks storms this severe weather season, you can help yourself to be severe weather ready.
If you would like to download this app, go here.