Smartphone, Tablet App To Keep Users Safe
With hurricane Isaac taking aim at Florida, now there's an app for that! The American Red Cross has developed and launched a Hurricane app. The application will keep smartphone and iPad users up-to-date on storms, and offer tips to stay safe.
Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO, Red Cross, Southeastern PA explains, “ Now, before there is any weather event, you can download the hurricane app. It will provide life saving information and tools, to help families through a crisis.”
The American Red Cross first launched their popular First Aid app. This summer, it debuted the Hurricane app. These are free to download, and it's another way to stay informed and safe.
“We want to reach people where they are. The vast majority of America has smart devices. We want to make sure that those devices are useful to them, in a way that can be helpful in a life- threatening event,” adds Hughes.
Navigating the app is easy. If you allow it to know your location, there are a host of benefits.
“It will tell you where you are -whether you are at home or on vacation. You can program it to tell you where your grandmother lives. It will give you information for other locations as well. It will tell you where American Red Cross shelters are located. That's really useful to get to a safe place in an emergency,” states Hughes.
The app gives you information on everything you need to know. It keeps you updated before, during and after a storm hits. All those details remain embedded on your device.. That means even if you lose connectivity, you still have the information.
Hughes reassures,“Our hurricane app will let you keep track of your family and friends. It will let you tell them if you’re safe or need help.”
While the American Red Cross will continue to use print, TV and radio to get the word out, this is the wave of the future.
“We're using technology to make America safe. To make America ready for anything that mother nature will throw at us,” says Hughes.
The Red Cross isn't stopping with the First Aid and Hurricane apps. A Tornado app, an Earthquake app and even a Flooding app, are in the works.
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