It’s Here! Red Cross Launches New Hurricane App

Official Hurrican App is now available on both iPhone and Android phones.

The American Red Cross has launched a free Hurricane App, providing people who live in or visit hurricane prone areas with life saving information. This app is the first in its series of disaster-specific apps being released this summer, and is available on both iPhone and Android phones.

It gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes. Building on the Red Cross’ leadership in the social media space, the app also includes a number of features that allow people to monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks who might also need it.

The launch of the Red Cross hurricane app comes just before what is traditionally the busiest period of the Atlantic hurricane season. Features of the app include:

  • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;
  • Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories users can share on social networks;
  • Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside
  • Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
  • Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan;
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
  • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

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.

The new Hurricane App allows users to locate Red Cross shelters in their area.

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.

It’s important that people can access this information right on their mobile device. And with natural disasters, it’s vital that people can share weather warnings, preparedness information and their own status immediately with their social networks.

The Red Cross is an established leader in teaching people the skills the need to survive life’s emergencies and now we want to become the leader in putting help in everyone’s hand. We want people to be ready to respond to emergencies and spread emergency information on their social networks, any where, any time-even if they don’t have formal training.

The Hurricane and First Aid Apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.  Downloading the First Aid app is not a substitute for training. First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. People can visit redcross.org/takeaclass for course information and to register.

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