Connects to social networks to say ‘I’m safe,’ share weather data
By Matt Hamblen
August 1, 2012 12:07 PM ET 2nd Posting: October 29, 2012
Computerworld – A new, free hurricane app from the American Red Cross offers location-based NOAA weather alerts and lets users send a one-touch “I’m safe” message via social networks to family and friends in an emergency.
Red Cross officials expect the Hurricane app to be popular. The organization’s free First Aid app had nearly 600,000 downloads in six weeks.
“We’re especially proud of the [Hurricane] app’s social features that will help friends and families stay in touch during storms, reducing much of the fear and uncertainty for loved ones and property owners,” said Jack McMaster, president of preparedness and health and safety services at the American Red Cross, in a statement.
In addition to the one-touch “I’m safe” message that can be tied to a user’s social networks, the app provides weather alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It’s also possible to use it to monitor weather alerts for other locations — places where family and friends reside, for example.
The app also provides lists of locations of Red Cross emergency shelters and checklists for household emergency plans. It also offers a set of emergency steps for users to take if the wireless connection for a cellphone or tablet is lost.
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