Red Cross releases new flood app

The American Red Cross has released a new flood application to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.

This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone 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  flood and flash flood watches and warnings from the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, even if the app is closed.

“Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States and affects hundreds of people here in the our area every year,” said Todd James, executive Director of the American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties. “People can use the Red Cross flood app to create emergency plans so all household members know what to do if flooding threatens their home.”

Other features of the app include:

• 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

The application is the latest in the series of Red Cross emergency preparedness apps that put lifesaving information right in the hands of people whenever and wherever they need it.

The Red Cross also offers apps for first aid, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and other services. The apps are available at the Apple App or Google Play stores for Android, or at www.redcross.org/mobileapps.

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