The American Red Cross recently released a new flood app to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.
This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood.
The app includes location-based, audible National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood and flash flood watches and warnings — even if the app is closed.
“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 Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of Hawaii Red Cross. “The audible alerts in the app can save lives — even when users are away from a radio or TV.”
Other features of the app include:
• One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to send a message letting family and friends know 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.
• Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.
The new Red Cross Flood App was released during National Flood Safety Awareness Week in March.
“Hawaii’s flood season is happening right now, so it really is the perfect time to download the app and start preparing,” Matayoshi said.
The app is the latest in the series of Red Cross emergency preparedness apps that put lifesaving information in the hands of people whenever and wherever they need it.
The expert advice in Red Cross apps, which also includes apps for First Aid, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and other services, has been used to help save lives during disasters and medical emergencies. Red Cross apps have been downloaded on nearly 4 million mobile devices.
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.
Apps can help prepare people for disasters, but they are not a substitute for training.
Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed.
People can visit redcross.org/takeaclass for course information and/or to register.