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"Did You Feel It?" The Red Cross Has an Earthquake App

Preparedness Kit from the American Red Cross
Be Red Cross Ready with the help of our informative, comprehensive website Or, you can download the Red Cross quake alert app to your iphone or Android.

When the earth moves under your feet, like it did on March 17th and this week in LaHabra and Chile, it can be scary and a little overwhelming, especially when all the headlines and videos are reminding you of how vulnerable this region is. Now is a good time for all Southern California residents to face their fears and do the one thing we can all do to take some kind of control, when we don’t have the benefit of an early warning system or a forecast: be prepared. It’s the best advice – and the best antidote for what shakes you up – that the Red Cross can offer. With a kit and a plan, you have the best chance of surviving and recovering from what Mother Nature throws at us.

Be Red Cross Ready with the help of our informative, comprehensive website Or, you can download the Red Cross quake alert app to your iPhone or Android device directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. These are the essential elements in being resilient in the face of a major disaster

Text GETQUAKE to 90999 for the link.

The earthquake app features:

  • Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after an earthquake, even if no data connectivity.
  • Get notified when an earthquake occurs with notifications generated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  • See the perceived shaking impact to your area or those of loved-ones.
  • Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
  • Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
  • Stay safe when the lights are out with the Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
  • Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
  • Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
  • Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your earthquake knowledge with interactive quizzes.
  • See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area.
  • Know how and what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.
  • You can also download the Red Cross First Aid app which features:

  • Free access to simple, life-saving information right in your hands on your cell phone.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to handle the most common first-aid needs.
  • Videos and animations make it easy.
  • Safety and preparedness tips.
  • A Spanish-language version will be available in the spring.
  • You can also follow the Red Cross on social media:

  • The more you know about preparedness – the more you can prepare and be safe.