Red Cross Releases New Flood App

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/17 2014 03:18PM

Updated 03/17 2014 03:22PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The American Red Cross released a new flood app.

A press release says the app will provide users instant access to local and real-time information so they know what to do before, during, and after a flood. 

“Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and people can use the Red Cross app to create emergency plans so all household members know what to do if flooding threatens,” said Doug Bishop, Director of Communications with the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross.  “The audible alerts in the app can save lives - even when users are away from a radio or TV.” 

Other features that the app includes:
  • 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 new Red Cross Flood App is being released during National Flood Safety Awareness Week, which runs from March 16-22. 

The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android smart phone users.

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