PEORIA, Ill. -- The American Red Cross has put a tornado alert in the palm of your hands.
"It's a very, very practical application to people in central Illinois since we are prone to tornadoes," said Erin Miller, Regional Communications Director for the Red Cross.
The launch of the app coincides with the kickoff to National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
"All the information that you would need to be able to find out how you need to prepare yourself and your family for a tornado would be here," Miller said.
The free app is ready for download on any smart phone or tablet. It is easy to use and features tools to help you during the tornado, including an alarm to notify you when a warning is issued in your area. It also has the 'I'm Safe," button.
"You could just click that button and you would instantly be able to update all of your social media outlets, letting your family and friends know you're okay," Miller said.
These tools are useful with Illinois' wild weather. Snow may be on the ground now, but you never know when the weather is going to turn.
Taking just a few minutes to download the app could save your life.