The American Red Cross has launched its official Earthquake App, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in or who visit earthquake prone areas.
This free app--available in English or Spanish--is the third in a series created by the American Red Cross, the nation's leader in emergency preparedness, for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. The Earthquake App comes on the heels of the highly successful First Aid and Hurricane apps, which have been downloaded more than 1 million times.
"This newest app gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after earthquakes," said Tim Bachman, Director of Emergency Services, American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. "People will be able to receive earthquake notifications and can monitor activity where other family and friends reside. Those who do not live in earthquake-prone areas can have peace of mind knowing they'll have instant information about loved ones."
New "Shake Zone Impact Maps" give users personalized local impact information to help them make crucial decisions.
Features of the app include:
Over the past three months, the Red Cross has made great strides in putting vital information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies. People have used the content in the First Aid App to control bleeding, care for broken bones and help people having seizures. The Hurricane App was used to find Red Cross shelters and to send "I'm safe" messages during Hurricane Isaac. National Red Cross experts in health, safety and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in Red Cross apps.
"A recent Red Cross survey found that apps have tied social media as the fourth most popular way for people to get information during emergencies, making the Red Cross app development effort even more important," added Bachman.
The Earthquake App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. Apps can help prepare people for disasters, but they are not a substitute for training. Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. People can visit redcross.org/takeaclass for course information and to register.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year and we help people get ready to respond to emergencies by providing these apps for free. The Red Cross needs the help of the public to continue this lifesaving effort. People can make a donation to the Red Cross by going to redcross.org, texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.