Storm Shield now on sale for $2.99, iTunes and Android weather app warns you before storm hits

DENVER - Prepare yourself for storms with our exclusive Storm Shield weather app -- now on sale!

The Storm Shield mobile app, powered by Mike Nelson and 24/7 Weather, has been designed to relay severe weather warnings, along with a multitude of other weather information, directly to your iPhone and Android device.

So why should you buy the app?

- More Precise Alerts. Storm Shield provides more accurate alerts than those offered by typical consumer alerting services. Most services alert you to severe weather if you are in a county covered by a watch or warning, even if you are not actually directly within the watch/warning. Storm Shield ensures you receive an alert only if your device or saved locations fall inside a watch/warning box.

"Colorado has big counties. You issue a tornado warning for Weld County, you are covering an awful lot of territory when maybe it's  1 percent of Weld County that's truly under that warning. With Storm Shield, it will only warn you if you are in danger," said 7NEWS Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson.

- Follow Me. The app will alert you if you are in an area when a relevant watch or warning is issued, no matter where you are in the United States.

"So, if you are driving across country and you happen to be going in Kansas and the sky is looking bad, this will alert you if there is a tornado warning, a flash flood warning in your area," Nelson said.

- Friends and Family. You can save up to five locations in addition to your current position. This will help you make sure your friends and family in other locations are safe as well.

- Audio. Storm Shield provides audio alerts in the form of beeps followed by a brief description of the alert type. The audio could wake you in the middle of the night, or give you information you need when you can't stop to look at the phone. Furthermore, you can listen to the alerts and forecasts for your area at any time.

"I've wanted to see this happen for years, but the technology wasn't there and now we have it with smart phone technology," Nelson said. "The fact that the phone knows where you are with GPS, we can zoom those warnings right down to where you are located."

The app can be purchased in the iPhone app store and Android Google Play store for $4.99 just $2.99 until 9:59 p.m. on April 12. Just search for "Storm Shield." That's a fraction of the cost of a weather radio and the app does much more.  Here are the links to download for iPhones and Android devices:  http://ch7ne.ws/StormShieldiPhone and http://ch7ne.ws/StormShieldDroid

Learn how to use Storm Shield with this tutorial: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/weather/storm-shield-how-to-use-tutorial