Tech Talk: American Red Cross launches "Hurricane App"

As the United States braces for Hurricane Isaac, our friends at the American Red Cross are encouraging those in hurricane-prone areas to download its free smartphone application designed to provide information to those who may be affected by hurricanes or tropical storms. The Hurricane App provides real-time information on what to do to before, during, and after a hurricane. The app can run on smartphones even when mobile connectivity is unavailable and can help point users to the closest Red Cross shelters.

The key features of the app include:

  • One touch "I'm safe" messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm's way
  • Location-based weather alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the United States and its territories 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
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps even without mobile connectivity
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm
  • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks

The app allows users to #beready and prepare for local storms by monitoring local weather conditions and alerting users of storm warnings. Users can also broadcast a message to let family and friends know you are safe, even if the power is out in your area. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes or have family that do, the "Hurricane app" provides free piece of mind and an invaluable tool to help families prepare for and survive deadly storms.


The Hurricane app can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for "American Red Cross".


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