Features of the app include:
Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories that users can share on social networks;
Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside
Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan;
One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to reassure family and friends via social media outlets 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; and
Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.
With the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, the Red Cross is moving hundreds of trained disaster workers to Florida and preparing to open dozens of shelters across the state if needed. The Red Cross urges individuals and families to take personal preparedness steps and download the Hurricane App to get ready for the storm now.
The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. National Red Cross experts in health, safety and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join the blog at blog.redcross.org.