You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Prepare for the Unexpected with Red Cross Emergency App

Emergency App
Prepare for emergencies and large-scale events with the Emergency App

Ever wondered what you can do to prepare for the unexpected? The American Red Cross has resources to help get preparedness information in the palm of your hand or take a deeper dive into preparing yourself and your community.


An app from the Red Cross can help prepare for and respond to emergency situations: The Emergency App.

The Emergency App is a resource that puts vital information at your fingertips. This all-inclusive app combines more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts from natural to man-made, giving you real-time information to help keep you and your loved ones safe. It includes:

  • “Family Safe” functionality allows you to instantly contact loved ones after alerts are issued in their area.
  • Open Red Cross Shelters in your area when you need help.
  • Additional Red Cross information on topics from home fires and water safety to emergency first aid.
  • The Emergency App now contains a Large-Scale Events section that includes content on how people can prepare and what they should do while attending mass gatherings.

    Preparing for Large-Scale Events:

  • Plan ahead and notice your surroundings. Make sure there are at least two ways out of wherever you are standing/sitting/waiting.
  • Remember primary methods of communication may not work. Let your family know of your whereabouts, change in plans, etc. Have a couple different methods of communication available to you, (for example, cell phone, calling card for a landline phone and Internet-connected tablet).
  • During a Large-Scale Event:

  • Monitor traffic reports and be prepared to find alternative routes if necessary.
  • Monitor mass transit alerts for information regarding delays or alternative schedules.
  • Determine emergency exits and shelters.
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious activity. Don’t be afraid to report suspicious packages or people.

    An act of terrorism may have wide-spread and devastating results. The Red Cross Terrorism Preparedness page has steps to prepare for and respond during an event of terrorism, and also includes positive steps you can take following a terrorist event.


    Want to get prepared for emergencies now? Consider taking a Red Cross course in your community and donating blood.

    Take a First Aid, CPR and AED Course Training people how to respond to and prepare for emergencies is a core mission of the Red Cross.

  • We offer a range of health and safety classes that teach you new skills, keep you knowledgeable, confident and ready to respond in almost any emergency situation.
  • With classes across all key areas of training, available online and in classrooms across the country, the Red Cross delivers the training you seek, when, where and how you need it.
  • Donate Blood As always, donors in the United States are encouraged to visit, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment to give blood.

    Did you know?

  • The Red Cross has a responsibility to ensure lifesaving blood products are provided to hospital patients with the most productive use of available resources.
  • Blood and platelets can only come from generous volunteer donors.
  • Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly — there simply is no substitute. It’s the blood products on the shelves today that help save lives in an emergency.
  • 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.