KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Officials say a matter of seconds can save lives during severe weather so the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has introduced a new app to keep people informed.
Diana Ray got prepared for severe weather Friday with the new app. "There is so much more severe weather that we're seeming to get so it's a good thing to stay on top of," she said.
Alan Lawson, director of the Knoxville/Knox County Emergency Management Agency, says phone weather apps are a great way to stay informed, especially if the power goes out.
In fact, the Tennessee EMA just made a new app available on Android. Lawson says the app is in the process of being approved by Apple for iPhone use as well.
"Just go to Android Market and it's Ready Tennessee and it has a lot of information. It has weather alerts and preparations on some steps that you can take before a storm hits," Lawson said.
He also says there are many good apps to choose from. The Weather Channel, the Weather Service and NOAA offer apps just to name a few.
Lawson says many weather apps don't send alerts with sound so everyone still needs a weather radio. They can be set for the alerts you want to know. The radios run on batteries and will alert you in your sleep or if the power goes out.
Depending on your needs, a weather radio can make noise, light up or vibrate to notify you of severe weather.
A weather radio and phone app offer Diana Ray a little peace of mind. "It's just going to be a great asset to have in a family unit so if there's something severe, it will notify us so I can get to safety with my children," she said.
According to EMA officials, many of the weather apps are free, but they may not give audible alerts. Weather radios cost between $30 and $50 and can be found in many stores.