Free Flood App Brings American Red Cross
Safety Information to Mobile Devices
Landslide Safety Tips Added to Application
Los Angeles, CA, Wednesday, December 10 —With a forecast of more heavy rains expected to hit Los Angeles Thursday or Friday, potentially triggering landslides and mudslides, the Red Cross urges people to make preparations for their homes in the event of an emergency.
One way is to download the free Red Cross Flood App that has added a section with Landslide Safety Tips. This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.
Because wildfires drastically change the landscape, recent burn areas, such as those scorched by the Colby and Spring fires will be especially prone to flooding. Normal, healthy vegetation absorbs rainfall, whereas dry, charred vegetation are unable to absorb so much water, creating ideal conditions for landslides and mudslides.
“With the potential threat of landslides and flash floods, it is so important to be prepared,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “People can use the Red Cross app to create emergency plans so all household members will know how to prepare and how to respond.”
Other features of the app include:
- One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to send a message letting family and friends know that they are out of harm’s way;
- Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
- Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm to let others know where you are;
- Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
- Real-time recovery resources for returning home and cleaning up; and
- Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.
The app is the latest in the series of Red Cross emergency preparedness apps that put lifesaving information right in the hands of people whenever and wherever they need it. The Flood App, along with the others, 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.
More information on preparing for and responding to landslides is at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/landslide.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.