Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

March 15, 2013

Tornado app could save lives

Red Cross adds to list of mobile apps designed to help plan for, respond to natural disasters

 

The American Red Cross last week launched its new “Tornado App,” and Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Moore said the new app has the potential to save lives.

The free app is available in English and in Spanish for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and Android tablet users, giving them instant access to local, real-time information regarding tornado watches and warnings in their area. It includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning” alert to let the user know when a tornado warning has been issued in their area. And it sends an “all clear” alert to let users know when a tornado warning as expired or been cancelled.

T.D. Smyers, regional chief executive officer for the Red Cross’ North Texas Region, said the audible alerts allow users to monitor the weather even when they are away from the radio or TV and in places where weather band radios may not work.

The app also offers:

zx Location-based warning alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flood watches and warnings that the user can customize to specific locations.

zx Enhanced weather maps.

zx One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to send texts to family members and friends.

zx Checklists and steps to create an emergency plan and share it with household members.

zx Pre-loaded content giving users instant access to critical action steps even without mobile connectivity.

zx A tool kit with a flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm.

zx Locations of open Red Cross shelters.

Moore, who checked out the app over the weekend as a line of storms moved through the area, said he is impressed.

“I think it’s great,” Moore said. “There is only so much that local officials can do to warn the public when there is a severe weather event. The public has to be proactive in protecting themselves, and this is a great way to do that.”

Text Only
Local News
  • IMG_1639.JPG Two downtown buildings deemed unsafe

    Cleburne Building and Standards Commission members ordered fencing placed around two adjoining downtown buildings by Saturday for public safety reasons during their April 16 meeting.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • lanyards.jpg Adams students become entrepreneurs

    A group of Adams Elementary School fourth-graders have taken on the role of entrepreneurs in an effort to raise funds for their annual trip to YMCA Camp Grady Spruce.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Driver bugs out; woman sweeps her way into jail

    The culprit of a Monday single-vehicle accident was long gone by the time Cleburne police and firefighters arrived on scene. Rescue workers responded at 9:50 p.m. to the 2200 block of North Main to find a Chevrolet Silverado with heavy front end and undercarriage damage.

    April 23, 2014

  • RVISD assigned TEA monitor

    When the Texas Education Agency assigned Bobby Parker of Waxahachie to monitor Rio Vista ISD, his first job was to potentially shut the struggling district down.

    April 23, 2014

  • IMG_6898.JPG Fuel check

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ESD paramedic delivers baby on the side of the road

    Lt. Donny Hallmark has been a paramedic for about 10 years, and he’s seen more than one baby being born. But Tuesday morning was a first for the Johnson County Emergency Services District No. 1 firefighter when he helped deliver a baby by himself — in a car on the side of the road.

    April 22, 2014

  • _MG_0966.JPG Open carry advocates

    A handful of Second Amendment activists gathered on the courthouse square in Cleburne Saturday afternoon for an open carry rally, advocating for Texans’ right to openly carry a handgun.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_5065.JPG King’s Daughters create dresses for girls around the world

    Somewhere in the world a girl will be wearing a dress made by someone in Cleburne.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_1752.JPG Cook case concludes

    Barring unforeseen snags, the case involving Cleburne residents David and Angel Cook appears headed toward conclusion. The couple and representatives from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services agreed to a mediated settlement Monday morning in the 413th District Court, which eliminates the need for a jury trial to determine custody of the couples’ seven children.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Couple ejected from motorcycle

    Rescue workers transported a Joshua couple to a Fort Worth hospital Sunday afternoon after the motorcycle both were riding wrecked in Cleburne.

    April 22, 2014

Front page
Latest CTR Videos
Facebook
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
House Ads
Featured Ads
CTR Sports
Follow us on twitter