Red Cross Launches Tornado Tracker App - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Red Cross Launches Tornado Tracker App

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Pine  Belt is still recovering from the devastating Feb. 10 tornado; now the American Red Cross has created a new app that can keep families safe.

"On the app, it tells you right before or during the tornado, where you need to go, what happens and where you need to be," said Jay Huffstatler, chapter executive for the South Mississippi Chapter Red Cross.

Huffstatler said the Red cCross knows first hand how this app could help save lives.

"The Red Cross building here was in the direct line of the tornado that affected the Hattiesburg area," he said. 

Fortunately, no one was inside the building when the twister hit.

"Our volunteers were able to mobilize immediately and get out into the community," said Huffstatler. "If didn't halt us one time, we didn't miss a beat."

The new app was  launched Monday.  Huffstatler said they've already had a lot of positive feed back.
One big plus about it is that users can  alert others of their status during the storm.

"You're able to hit an all safe alert to let people know in your area that you were affected but you are safe."

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