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Download Hurricane App to Prepare As Peak Storm Season Nears

Hurricane App
A great go-to app for when personal disaster planning, survival and recovery is needed

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:

  • “You want to survive? Get this! …It's the only one with all my plans in one place. A great go-to app for when personal disaster planning, survival and recovery is needed”
  • “We tried unsuccessfully to find flashlights and batteries at numerous stores. Not only does this app have a flashlight, it also has strobe lights and alarms. The information it provides is better than the news because it can be focused on your location specifically. Love it!”
  • “This app is worth downloading just for the instructions on how to store your own water if you can’t get to the store or they are sold out of bottled water. The prepare section tells you what you need to do if you have some advance warning.”
  • 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:

  • “I think this app is very useful. During Sandy I looked at it every hour!”
  • “My first vacation in over 30 years. From Dallas, Texas and visited NYC on Sat and saw it all. Spent the morning on the Atlantic/Ocean City Boardwalk before asked to leave. Have experienced tornados, earthquakes, but never anything like this. We got prepared in our hotel suite by visiting four stores for supplies and food. Have been watching The Weather Channel all day. Thank heavens for this APP – We have never been to this area and have no idea what we're up against.”
  • “Thank you Red Cross for all of the alerts, while waiting for hurricane sandy to arrive. I had no TV updates so this was great to help me.”
  • 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

    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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