A new American Red Cross Hurricane App puts help right into the hands of people who live in or visit hurricane prone areas. Best of all, it’s free and available for both iPhones and Android phones. To download the app click on the following link, http://www.redcross.org/hurricaneapp
The Red Cross app gives people real time information for hurricane threats where they are located-whether it’s the community where they live or the places they love to vacation. The app has a number of features that let people share vital information with their Facebook friends and Twitter followers. People who need to get out of harm’s way quickly can tap the “I’m Safe” button to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and loved ones know they are okay. These features that will help friends and families stay in touch during hurricanes, reducing much of the fear and uncertainly for loved ones and property owners far away.
The Red Cross app also gives people the ability to receive location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories and share those on their social networks too. Even if someone doesn’t live full-time in a threatened area, users can receive alerts for vacation spots, places where they winter or where loved ones live. It’s a feature that can give peace of mind to frequent travelers and those with elderly relatives or college students in coastal areas.
Other features include:
• Toolkit with a flashlight, a strobe light and an audible alarm;
• Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
• Simple steps and checklists to create a family emergency plan; and
• Preloaded preparedness content that gives instant access to critical action steps even without mobile connectivity.
National Red Cross experts in health, safety, and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app. The Hurricane App comes on the heels of the release of highly successful Red Cross First Aid App, which has had nearly 600,000 downloads in its first six weeks. While apps can prepare you for disasters, downloading the First Aid app is not a substitute for training. To learn more about Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses or to register, visit redcross.org/takeaclass