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Help is at Your Fingertips with Red Cross Apps

First Aid App
Get prepared—or respond to an emergency—at the touch of a button.

There are the apps you want, and then there are the apps you need. Falling solidly in the “need” camp, the American Red Cross has developed a series of disaster-specific apps that put lifesaving information in the palm of your hand.

First Aid

The first in a series of apps to be released by the Red Cross, the First Aid App has taken off. More than 1 million people have downloaded the free app so far, and it’s already been used to help save lives.

The app is an easy way to get lifesaving first aid instruction and disaster preparedness information anytime, anywhere. App features include:

  • Simple step-by-step instructions for everyday first aid scenarios
  • Prioritized steps to take during an emergency, with 9-1-1 call button
  • Videos and animations to make learning first aid fun and easy
  • Preloaded content that gives instant access to all safety information at any time.
  • Hurricanes

    The Hurricane App is designed to give instant access to local and real-time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes. Here are just a few of the app’s features:

  • One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way
  • Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories, which users can share on social networks
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm
  • Earthquakes

    Earthquakes aren’t just an issue for those living on the West Coast. The Earthquake App can help you prepare your family and home, notify you when an earthquake occurs, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out. Features include:

  • Step-by-step instructions to let you know what to do before/during/after an earthquake, even if you have no data connectivity.
  • A customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text, so you can let family and friends know you are okay.
  • A Tookit that includes a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions, to help you stay safe when the lights are out.
  • Wildfires

    If you live in or visit areas prone to wildfires, the Wildfire App—available on October 24—is for you. Features of the app include:

  • “Blaze Alerts” that inform users when a wildfire has begun within 100 miles of any locations monitored.
  • A “Blaze Path Tracker,” which provides users with a current view of an existing wildfire’s perimeter, how it has spread and its current location.
  • An “I’m Safe” button, which users can tap to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and loved ones know they are out of harm’s way.
  • Where to Get the Apps

    The Red Cross Apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. Downloading the First Aid app is not a substitute for training. First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. You can visit for course information and to register.

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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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.