There is a new tool you need to know about that will provide potential life-saving information during a tornado.

The American Red Cross has a tornado warning application that puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado - and all that comes with it - in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it's quite easy to navigate.

From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and you will be sent a link to download the app to your phone.

This new app is especially valuable because it will work even if power is down.

Here's what you'll get from the app:

• Instructions to help you know what-to-do even if the cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before, during, and after requires no mobile connectivity.

• An audible siren that automatically goes off even if the app is closed when a tornado warning is issued.

• Notification is sent when a warning expires.

• Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most.

• Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.

• Let friends/family know you're safe with customizable "I'm Safe" notification sharable through social media, text and email.

• Let others know where you are with the Toolkit's strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.

Storm warning technology has improved dramatically over the years. This new Red Cross app is one that everyone should consider accessing.