Friday, February 13, 2015

Red Cross Apps Can Help in an Emergency

It’s important to be prepared during weather conditions such as snow, ice, and other inclement weather. The American Red Cross has a series of apps available to give you the information you need for these situations and many more.

The Red Cross has received several national and international awards for the apps they’ve developed including the recent “Best Mobile App During Times of Disaster” award from Global Brands Magazine for the Hurricane App. The First Aid app was also mentioned recently on a well-respected news outlet.

Red Cross apps provide expert, emergency information when and where you need it. They include the following:

FIRST AID APP The First Aid App features step-by-step instructions for everyday first aid scenarios and prioritized steps to take in an emergency with a 9-1-1 call button.

BLOOD APP The newest in the Red Cross suite of mobile apps is the Blood Donor App which allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.

TEAM RED CROSS allows people to learn about Red Cross volunteer opportunities in their community, to sign up to help those in need and receive an overview on basic tasks to be able to go to work quickly helping others.

MONSTER GUARD: Prepare for Emergencies app helps children between the ages of 7 and 11 learn emergency preparedness while playing a game as monster characters. It’s a fun, interactive game to learn how to prevent emergencies, such as home fires, and what to do if severe weather or natural disasters occur.

HURRICANE APP People can download the Red Cross Hurricane App to have real time hurricane safety information at their fingertips. They can use the app to receive weather alerts and get information on Red Cross shelters. The app also features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay.

FLOOD APP Download this app to have step-by-step instructions on what to do if flooding threatens, even if the cell towers and television are out. Find Red Cross shelters and know what to pack in your family emergency kit.

TORNADO APP This app includes features like a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. This feature allows users to make critical decisions and to take actions to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe even in the middle of the night. An all -alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled

EARTHQUAKE APP Be ready for an earthquake with the Red Cross Earthquake app. Receive alerts and notifications when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.

WILDFIRE APP Wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread quickly so it’s vital that people know what to do to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their property. The Red Cross Wildfire App features preloaded content gives users instant access to information on what to do before, during and after wildfires – even without mobile connectivity.

The Red Cross also has apps that feature safety tools, tips and preparedness information you need every day. They include:

PET FIRST AID APP Dog and cat owners can also download the Red Cross Pet First Aid App and have advice for everyday pet emergencies on hand. The 99 cent app can be found in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or going to redcross .org/mobileapps.

SWIM APP Get the most out of Red Cross swim lessons with the Swim App. Created as a companion to the newly-updated Learn-to-Swim program (including Preschool Aquatics), this app will help you keep your swimmer motivated, while providing you the latest in water safety guidance to help ensure your family stays safe in, on and around the water

SPANISH APPS The Red Cross also has apps available for download for Spanish-speaking users. These include a first aid app as well as hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire and flooding apps.

All of these Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

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