The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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June 6, 2013

Red Cross offers Hurricane App

Thursday, June 6, 2013 —

Charlotte - As Tropical Storm Andrea heads up the east coast, the American Red Cross encourages people to download the Hurricane App to get instant access to hurricane safety steps and weather alerts for areas in the path of the storm. The free app can be used on both iPhone and Android platforms.

The Red Cross Hurricane app gives local and real time information for coastal residents and those who may be affected by Tropical Storm Andrea,” said Angela A. Broome, CEO for the Red Cross, of the Carolina Piedmont Region, NC.

“Remote weather alerts can also help give peace of mind to people who have relatives and friends in these coastal areas.”

Once people download the Hurricane App, they have instant access to critical action steps instructing what to do before, during and after hurricanes even without mobile connectivity. Users can monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks that might also need it.

Features of the app include:

  • Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories that 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;

  • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to reassure family and friends via social media outlets 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; and

  • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

The Red Cross is taking preparedness initiatives for Tropical Storm Andrea to ensure a quick response in the event of any damage from the storm. The Red Cross urges individuals and families to take personal preparedness steps and download the Hurricane App to get ready for hurricane season.

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