The American Red Cross has released their latest edition to a series of emergency preparedness apps. The new Flood App is designed to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.
This free app gives users instant access to local and real-time information so they know what to do before, during and after these natural disasters. The content is available in both English and Spanish and includes location-based audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed. The app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by visiting redcross.org/mobileapps.
Dave Griffith, Heart of Missouri Chapter Executive Director..
Other features of the app include:
· One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to send a message letting family and friends know that they are out of harm’s way;
· Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
· Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm to let others know where you are;
· Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
· Real-time recovery resources for returning home and cleaning up; and
· Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.
“National Flood Safety Awareness Week runs March 16th through the 22nd and it’s the perfect time to download the app and to start preparing,” added Griffith
The expert advice in Red Cross apps, which also includes apps for First Aid,tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and other services, has been used to help save lives during disasters and medical emergencies. Red Cross apps have been downloaded on nearly 4 million mobile devices.
The Flood App, along with the others, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Androidby searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps. Apps can help prepare people for disasters, but they are not a substitute for training. Red Cross 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.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year and helps people get ready to respond to emergencies by providing these preparedness apps for free. The Red Cross needs the help of the public to continue this lifesaving effort. People can make a donation to the Red Cross by going to redcross.org, texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
You can help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.