As Hurricane Sandy begins its descent on the Eastern US seaboard, millions of smartphones users are glued to their devices researching news, looking for updates, or possibly searching for assistance. The American Red Cross, the international aid organization, offers a comprehensive Hurricane App, with several helpful features for those in the path of this dangerous storm.
American Red Cross Offers Hurricane App, FEMA Says Expect Telecommunication Issues
Features of the app according to The American Red Cross:
- 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 NOAA weather alerts 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 is available for the iOS and Android systems. You can download it from either Google Play or iTunes, or alternatively you can request a download by calling **REDCROSS** (**73327677), and they will text you the link.
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Also, FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has tweeted that people in the path of the hurricane should expect major telecommunication outages, and to avoid using their phones if possible to help lighten the burden.
Source: American Red Cross