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:
- 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.
- Preloaded content for instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
- Advice on how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages.
- Customizable “I’m Safe” notifications sharable to let friends and family know you’re safe through social media, text and email.