With our first named storm of the hurricane season, Andrea, Red Cross urges all South Carolinians to download Red Cross’ free mobile apps for Tornados, Hurricanes, Shelters, First Aid and more.
“We are encouraging people to get prepared by downloading our free Red Cross Apps on their mobile devices so they can receive important information from Red Cross especially during the hurricane season,” says Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region.
Download any of the Red Cross free disaster-specific mobile apps—particularly the Tornado, Hurricane and First Aid apps—to get lifesaving preparedness information in the palm of your hand before and during emergencies.
Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.
The Tornado App features an audible siren that automatically goes off even if app is closed when NOAA issues a TORNADO WARNING helping to reduce the chance of sleeping through an actual warning.
The Red Cross Hurricane app 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.
Red Cross also wants everyone to update their family evacuation plan and emergency preparedness kit. To view a free a free checklists go to redcross.org/preparednessfastfacts.
• Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind.
• Fill your gas tank.
• Get some extra cash to have on hand in case the power goes out and ATMs aren’t working.
• Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so food will last longer if the power goes out.
• If flooding is a possibility for your area, be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
• If a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
• Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon flooding, stop, turn around and go another way.
• If you encounter floodwaters while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road in your vehicle and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and
move to higher ground.
• Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood dangers.
• Keep children out of the water.
Visit The Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program for a free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared.
For more on what to do before, during and after a hurricane can visit redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane.