New Hurricane App Brings Red Cross Safety Information to Smart Phones

16 08 2012

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,

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


Red Cross Announces App That Displays Current Shelter Information

4 03 2011
On February 22nd, 2011, Gloria Huang posted the following information on the American Red Cross Blog site:

iPhone users, [the Red Cross has]  brand spanking new app to help you find open shelters!   This Shelter View app displays current shelter information from the National Shelter System , which is updated every thirty minutes.

Download the app from the Apple app store.


Using the map view above, you’ll be able to check where shelters are open at any given time in the United States. A more detailed view is also available, showing you exactly where the shelter is, last reported resident count, capacity, and the local chapter involved with the shelter.

Haiti Earthquake

13 01 2010

I have received a few calls and emails from people asking what they can do to help the people of Haiti.  The suffering following the massive earthquake is immense.  Thousands of victims have died; or are injured; or trapped in debris.  It appears that tens of thousands are homeless.  The full extent of the disaster will not be known for days; perhaps weeks.

The most important thing that a citizen can do to assist with humanitarian efforts is to donate money to agencies that are responding to the disaster.  This is the type of disaster where much of the aid will be provided by voluntary groups who provide critical goods and service to disaster survivors as quickly as possible.   I encourage you to donate to the reputable organizations that are providing emergency response to Haiti. 

There are many options when considering donations to aid the people of Haiti:

  • American Red Cross                                                                       
  • Florida International Volunteer Corps                                  
  • Pan American Development Foundation                              
  • Samaritan’s Purse                                                                            
  • UN ReliefWeb                                                                                    


Become a Disaster Volunteer at American Red Cross

31 12 2009

The American Red Cross – Southwestern Branch is located at 2610 B.F. Terry Boulevard in Rosenberg, Texas.  Every first Monday of every month, the Southwestern Branch Office is holding a Disaster Volunteer Meeting.  This meeting is for interested volunteers who want to get involved in American Red Cross Disaster Services.  Various volunteer opportunities, projects, and programs are discussed at these meetings.  In addition, members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) meet to discuss training opportunities, local disasters, and disaster preparedness.  The next meeting will be held Monday, January 4, 2010, at 6:30 pm at the above address.  The scheduled meeting for February will be Monday, February 1, 2010.  Same time; same location.

If you are interested in becoming a Disaster Volunteer, or attending one of the Disaster Volunteer Meetings, please contact Caroline Egan at 281-342-9480, or via email at

To review the Jan/Feb 2010 Southwestern Branch Newsletter: 

Jan-Feb 10 ARC Newsletter