Tornado apps: Can a smartphone help save your life?

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Even though most people use their smartphones to check Facebook and play Angry Birds, it can actually be life-saving resource during natural disasters, like a tornado.

In light of the recent tornado devastation in Oklahoma, CNN compiled a round-up of mobile tools to help you survive tornado season. Here are some of my favorites.

NOAA Weather Radio
$3.99 for iPhone; similar Android app for 99 cents

No power? No problem! Live stream the NOAA Weather Radio right from your phone. This app boasts more than 200 NOAA broadcasts. You can also opt in for push notifications and emergency warnings from NOAA.

*The iPhone app on sale TODAY ONLY for $1.99

RAW: Massive tornado strikes OklahomaTornado by American Red Cross
Free for iOs and Android

This app can help you prepare for a tornado as much as it can help you during a tornado. Use the app to create a “game plan” for your family in case of a tornado, and follow step-by-step instructions on how to recover from a tornado. The app also features NOAA-powered alerts, a map with live tornado warnings and useful tools like a flashlight and an alarm.

Free for iPhone

Get all of your alerts from one place with Nixle. It has the latest advisories from almost 5,000 public safety agencies, like the Illinois State Police. You can get push notifications through the app or get updates online, via text or email.

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