By McKinley Noble | 03-05-2013 | 11:30AM

Few other companies are anywhere near as comprehensive as the Red Cross when it comes to disaster assistance and preparation, and the company's American branch does well to present the group.

Joining the American Red Cross' already-impressive handful of Android apps, their latest Google Play release should help fill a critical niche in their library.

Simply dubbed "Tornado—American Red Cross", the new app should be most useful to Americans living in the central United States, an area that's most commonly known as "Tornado Alley" to most climatologists.

As described in the apps' profile, its primary use is education about tornado-related disasters and how to best prepare for them.

In the event that a storm is headed your way, the app will provide alerts and warnings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s system. There's also data provided that can tell you where the most high-risk areas for tornados are located, in addition to mapping shelters for emergencies.

Finally, there's all-clear alerts automated in the app, along with a feature specifically designed to let your family and contacts know that you're safe. If you're in a high-risk area, don't wait on downloading it for free right now to any device with Android 2.2 and up.


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