On Wednesday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Bill Curnow from the American Red Cross talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about a high-tech way to prepare for tornado season.

Tornado season is quickly approaching, with this week being National Severe Weather Awareness Week. To help people prepare for potential severe weather, the American Red Cross is releasing a Tornado app for smartphones. The app allows people to track tornado warnings in their area, and provides steps for how to prepare before and after the tornado hits. Curnow said that in the last 38 years, there have been over 700 tornadoes reported in the Lubbock area alone.

The Red Cross also offers similar apps for earthquakes, hurricane, and wildfires as well. However, Curnow recommends that all of these apps be used in conjunction with other weather sources, like weather radios and severe weather broadcasts. The Red Cross also offers a comprehensive first aid app, covering a wide range of medical emergencies, from allergy attack to broken bones.

All of these American Red Cross apps are available free of charge on both Apple iTunes and the Android Market.

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