During National Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 16 to March 22), the American Red Cross launched a free new Flood App to help people know what to do before, during and after a flood.
Throughout the week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourage everyone to “Be a Force of Nature” to prepare for floods and know what to do if a flood situation occurs. The new Red Cross app is a perfect tool to take up the call to action. The app’s features help people stay safe, by including audible notifications for flood and flash flood watches and warnings from the NOAA so people can gather loved ones and head to safety.
The app also features:
This app supplements many other Red Cross tools and tips for emergency preparedness, such as this myth vs. fact graphic that helps capture and correct popular misconceptions of safe procedures in a flood.
The new flood app joins a growing suite of Red Cross apps for mobile devices that includes something for everyone, giving people vital information to help keep them safe during everyday emergencies and large-scale disasters. Other apps can help you keep your pet safe and learn when volunteers are needed in your community. They include the following:
FIRST AID APP The First Aid App is an easy way to get lifesaving first aid instruction anytime, anywhere. Features include step-by step instructions for first aid scenarios and a 9-1-1 call button, as well as safety and preparedness tips for a range of conditions including severe weather and disasters.
TORNADO APP The Tornado App includes features like a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. This feature allows users to make critical decisions and take actions to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe even in the middle of the night. An all -alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or been cancelled.
HURRICANE APP People can download the Red Cross Hurricane App to have real time hurricane safety information at their fingertips. They can use the app to receive weather alerts and get information on Red Cross shelters. The app also 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.
EARTHQUAKE APP Be ready for an earthquake with the Red Cross Earthquake App. Receive alerts and notifications when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.
WILDFIRE APP Wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread quickly so it’s vital that people know what to do to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their property. The Red Cross Wildfire App features preloaded content that gives users instant access to information on what to do before, during and after wildfires – even without mobile connectivity. Get the latest news from local, state and federal fire agencies in the “Wildfire News” section.
SHELTER FINDER When disaster strikes, the Red Cross shelter finder app lets users know when and where shelters have opened on an easy to use map interface. The app gives locations and shelter details for the entire country and users can zoom in to their location.
FOR YOUR PETS The Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. The app is 99 cents and features simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday emergencies with your pet. Users will learn first aid steps for more than 25 common pet situations. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.
JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM Team Red Cross allows people to learn about Red Cross volunteer opportunities in their community, to sign up to help those in need and receive an overview on basic tasks to be able to go to work quickly helping others. Some of these tasks include helping assess disaster damage, feeding those in need, distributing relief supplies, working in a shelter and other important relief work. Users will receive notifications of volunteer needs based on their location and can earn badges for a variety of activities.
SWIM APP Help your child become a confident swimmer with the Red Cross Swim App. It puts the Learn-to-Swim program in the palm of your hand, helping you to learn about water safety and how to teach your child to swim. Features include reference information for parents on swimming skills and objectives, help locating the nearest swim facility where classes are available and ways to chart the child’s performance related to individual swimming strokes.
FLOOD APP The Red Cross Flood App has resources developed by experts on how to prepare for flooding and everything that comes with it. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user language settings on their mobile device. The app contains simple instructions and steps on what supplies to have, and how to develop an emergency plan if you have to stay put or if you must evacuate. It also features interactive quizzes with badges that you can earn and share on social networks. Preloaded content on the app gives users instant access to all information even without mobile connectivity.
All 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. Apps are not a substitute for training. Go to redcross.org/takeaclass to take a First Aid and CPR class so you’ll know what to do in case emergency help is delayed.