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Download Free Red Cross Mobile Apps during Preparedness Month

Mobile Apps
Not sure what to do when an emergency threatens? Keep preparedness information at your fingertips with Red Cross mobile apps!

September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages people to download our suite of free mobile apps to ensure individuals and families are prepared before an emergency arises. Several Red Cross apps offer help creating emergency plans.

All apps have pre-loaded information so Red Cross guidance is available anytime, anywhere even if no internet connection is available. People can use the ‘Make a Plan’ feature in the apps to create their emergency plan and then share it. The preparedness apps also allow users to quickly let loved ones know they are safe and share important emergency information on their social networks.

BEFORE DISASTERS THREATEN What types of disasters are most likely to happen where you live? Red Cross natural disaster apps provide expert, emergency information when and where you need it.

They include the following:

  • Hurricane App Download the Red Cross Hurricane App to have real time hurricane safety information. People 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.
  • 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 giving users instant access to information on what to do before, during and after wildfires – even without mobile connectivity.
  • 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-clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.
  • EVERYDAY EMERGENCIES The Red Cross also has apps that feature safety tools, tips and preparedness information you need every day. 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.
  • Pet First Aid App Dog and cat owners can also download the 99 cent Red Cross Pet First Aid App and have advice for everyday pet emergencies on hand.
  • Blood App Users can schedule donation appointments, track total donations, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The Blood Donor App is a great new way to help meet the constant need for blood.
  • 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.
  • Team Red Cross Prepare to help others. This app 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.
  • The five disaster preparedness apps and the flagship Red Cross First Aid app are available with a Spanish/English toggle so that in an emergency, people can consume important information in the language they are comfortable with.

    Information on all Red Cross apps can be found at redcross.org/mobileapps.

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    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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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