Written by Grave Nava
The Red Cross has an app for that! In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, access to information and the ability to connect to loved ones is critically important. We are reviewing American Red Cross apps that would be most useful in an emergency like Hurricane Florence. Considering there are so many, it’s tough to narrow it down. But in a case like Florence, these apps offer you the tools and preparedness info you need.
This all-inclusive app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe. This latest app from the Red Cross provides information about what to do in case of floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. The emergency alerts are available for the user’s location and to monitor where friends and family live. A single map provides open Red Cross shelter locations and weather information.
Emergency users can easily toggle between English and Spanish. Information is included on emergency first aid for situations such as heat-related emergencies and water safety for lakes and beaches. The app also covers what to do in emergencies that affect a large area, such as mudslides and snow storms.
“Family Safe” is another unique feature that allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay, even if that person hasn’t downloaded the Emergency App. Using “Family Safe,” the user can send someone a message and their response of either “I’m safe” or “I’m not safe” will come to the user. If they are not safe, the user can call them or see their location on a map. The app also has an “I’m Safe” button which allows users to let loved ones know they are out of harm’s way.
Pet First Aid
Our pets are part of our families and getting help for them is crucial in the event of an emergency. However, a veterinary is not always accessible when needed. This app fills the gap until the pet can be taken to the vet.
The main features include:
- Convenient toggle between cat and dog content.
- First aid steps for over 25 common pet situations.
- Step-by-step instructions that include text, illustrations, videos, plus interactive quizzes for easy learning.
- Storage for veterinary contact info for easy access.
- A list of common toxic substances.
- Help to locate the nearest emergency vet hospital or pet-friendly hotels.
A must for every pet lover!
This is one of the most recognized American Red Cross apps. It contains information for a variety of emergencies, including severe winter weather, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and of course everyday emergencies It is fully integrated with 911 so it is easy to call the Emergency Medical Service at any time, provided you have phone signal. However, this app doesn’t exclusively depend on the phone connection to work. Oftentimes, emergencies happen where there is no phone signal. So having pre-loaded information is a great advantage. The app is available in English and Spanish. Take it with you, everywhere you go!
Can you imagine being away from your loved ones serving in the Armed Forces without being able to get hold of them? The American Red Cross has the solution: Hero Care. This is a free app designed to keep current members and veterans of the Armed Forces in touch with their family members. It allows emergency and non-emergency communication to reach either side 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round The current version allows for only one service member, but additional members can be added over the phone 24/7/365 by calling the Hero Care Center at 877-272-7337. In addition to being a great tool to stay in touch with loved ones, it also provides useful information such as behavioral health assistance, local organizations serving veterans and active duty service men and women, and other valuable resources. The app is available in English and Spanish.
Download any of the FREE Red Cross Mobile Apps today, in the Apple App Store or in Google Play.