During The Weather Channel’s Hurricane Week, featuring original hurricane-themed programming, the American Red Cross urges people to download the free Hurricane App to prepare as peak season nears in the Atlantic. Peak hurricane season typically begins in late August and extends through September.
And while the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) has slightly lowered its prediction for the Atlantic hurricane season, it will still be an active to highly active season.
To prepare, download the Hurricane App today to get lifesaving information at your fingertips before and during the storm. The app features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch “I’m Safe” button that lets someone use social media, text or email to tell family and friends they are okay.
Helping People Prepare
Over the past year, as powerful storm systems approach, residents up and down the coast have turned to the Red Cross Hurricane App to prepare for and ride out the storm. Users have said the following in reviews:
Aiding Sandy Survivors
During Superstorm Sandy, the hurricane app was downloaded approximately 400,000 times as people looked for safety information and weather updates. Time Magazine called this app one of "8 apps for keeping tabs on the 'storm of the century.’” App users said:
Downloading the App
The Red Cross Hurricane App, launched just over a year ago, is one of the most popular in our suite of mobile apps. It’s designed for smart phones and tablets and is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language setting.
The app has been downloaded more than 860,000 times and won multiple awards, including the Digitals 2013 Award for Not-for-Profits and the "Outstanding Achievement" award at this year’s National Hurricane Conference.
The free Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps