Red Cross releases flood app with tips, resources

WASHINGTON — Government agencies haven’t asked the American Red Cross to set up shelters due to area flooding, but as the storm hit, the agency released a flood app.

The organization created the flood app to provide tips and resources for use in the event of a flood. Users can share messages of safety, coordinate meeting places with family and friends and prepare an emergency kit.

“One thing we suggest is that everybody have a three-day supply of water at home, that they have a flashlight,” says Communications Director Cheryl Kravitz.

A flashlight and strobe light are built into the app.

Kravitz also suggests having a crank radio on hand when the power goes out to stay informed. The app also shows users where the closest shelters are in case they need a dry place to stay.

“Of course, we’re on alert 24/7, and if we’re asked to help with a shelter, we’ll be there,” Kravitz says.

The app also provides these resources:

  1. Step-by-step instructions to help you know what to do even if cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before, during, and after; requires no mobile connectivity.
  2. Preloaded content for instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
  3. Advice on how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages.
  4. Customizable “I’m Safe” notifications sharable to let friends and family know you’re safe through social media, text and email.

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