Instant access to real time information for travellers and those with loved ones in harm’s way
TYLER, TEXAS, August 27, 2012 — As Tropical Storm Isaac heads toward Louisiana and Eastern Texas, the American Red Cross encourages people to download the new Hurricane App to get instant access to hurricane safety steps and weather alerts for areas in the path of the storm. The free app, launched earlier this month, 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 might be travelling over the next few days to areas affected by Isaac,” said Susan Campbell, Disaster Public Affairs Volunteer, Smith County. “Remote weather alerts can also help give peace of mind to people who winter near the forecasted storm track and those 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 who might also need it.
Features of the app include:
With the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, the Red Cross is moving hundreds of trained disaster workers to Florida and preparing to open dozens of shelters across the state if needed. The Red Cross urges individuals and families to take personal preparedness steps and download the Hurricane App to get ready for the storm now.
The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. National Red Cross experts in health, safety and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app.