September is National Preparedness Month which makes it the perfect time to download the suite of American Red Cross mobile apps to put lifesaving information at your fingertips before the next emergency arises. Emergencies can happen quickly, at times giving someone only minutes to react. Planning ahead, such as downloading these apps, can help keep households safe and save lives.
It is important for households to come up with a game plan to make sure everyone knows what to do and where to go in case of a disaster or an emergency. People can use the ‘Make a Plan’ feature in the apps to create their emergency plans and then share it with their family members. Red Cross apps provide other useful tools including a way to let loved ones know they are safe.
Download the Red Cross Suite of Mobile Apps:
FIRST AID APP The First Aid app is an easy way to get lifesaving first aid instruction anytime, anywhere. Features include step-by step instructions and videos for first aid scenarios, a 9-1-1 call button, as well as safety and preparedness tips for a range of conditions including severe weather and disasters.
HURRICANE APP People can download the Red Cross Hurricane App to have real-time hurricane safety information at their fingertips. They can set the app to receive weather alerts and get information on Red Cross shelter locations.
WILDFIRE APP The Red Cross Wildfire App provides the latest news from local, state and federal fire agencies in the “Wildfire News” section.
TORNADO APP The tornado app includes features like a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued.
EARTHQUAKE APP People can receive alerts and notifications when an earthquake occurs, prepare their family and home, find help and let others know they 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.
SHELTER FINDER APP The Red Cross Shelter Finder displays open Red Cross shelters and their current population on an easy to use map interface.
TEAM RED CROSS APP The newest Red Cross app allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about Red Cross disaster volunteer opportunities in their community.
The apps feature preloaded content that gives users instant access to information – even without mobile connectivity. People can download the apps by going to the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps
Mobile apps are just a part of the many Red Cross resources available to help families create emergency plans for their household. Visit redcross.org/prepare to learn more about what you can do today to prepare for emergencies tomorrow.