The American Red Cross has released a new flood app designed to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.
The free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone users instant access to local and real-time information, so users 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 affect hundreds of people here in 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.
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.