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In Heart of Hurricane Season, Take Steps to Get Prepared

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Now is the time for all Americans in hurricane-prone areas to take key preparedness steps.

With the first named hurricane of the season in the Atlantic and other potential storms brewing, the American Red Cross urges people to download the free Hurricane App and take steps to get prepared today.

While Hurricane Humberto does not pose a threat to the U.S. right now, a disturbance near the Yucatan Peninsula does have a chance to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm. Now is the time for all residents in hurricane-prone areas to take key preparedness steps.

Download the Hurricane App

The Red Cross Hurricane App contains information on how to prepare households and what to do during and after a storm. Users can receive weather alerts for their area as well as areas where their loved ones live.

During Superstorm Sandy, the Hurricane App was downloaded approximately 400,000 times as people looked for safety information and weather updates. 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.”
  • 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

    Make a Kit and a Plan

    Every household should prepare a kit in the event of an emergency, and it should be easy-to-carry in case of evacuation. Use this list to help you prepare your kit today.

    Then it’s time to make a plan. Members of a family or household should meet together to discuss the plan and how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen in the area. Responsibilities should be identified and assigned so the household can work together as a team.

    The household should also identify places to meet during times of emergency and identify an out-of-area emergency contact person. Then, in case of an evacuation order, a household should decide where to go and what route to take to get there.

    Next, people should practice evacuating their home twice a year by driving the planned evacuation route and plotting alternate routes in case roads are impassable.

    National Preparedness Month

    A disaster can strike anytime and anywhere. September is National Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect time for people to ensure their household is ready for any type of emergency. Find more information on

    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.