Smart Apps For Android: Be "Red Cross Ready" with these NINE apps from the American Red Cross

Monday, May 05, 2014

Be "Red Cross Ready" with these NINE apps from the American Red Cross

With so many scary weather and other natural disaster scenarios, it's a good thing we have the American Red Cross and nine Android apps (eight of them free) in our corner. Even better than that is having my friend Annette Gumm, Senior Director, Red Cross IT Salesforce Center of Excellence, to say a few words and get us started on this post on how to be "Red Cross Ready." She writes, "The Red Cross is here to make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be for potential disasters and other emergencies. These events can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference. Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed."

Annette continues,
"Be Red Cross Ready Checklist:
I know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in my community.
I have a family disaster plan and have practiced it.
I have an emergency preparedness kit.
At least one member of my household is trained in first aid and CPR/AED.
I have taken action to help my community prepare."

Thanks so much, Annette, for your fabulous insight! Here are ten apps from the American Red Cross that will help you get organized and prepared, and will help you stay up-to-date on happenings in your area. After downloading, follow the links at the bottom of the post to get even more information provided by Annette.
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SAFAnoADS-noIAP-ELThese apps contain no third-party ads, no in-app purchases and have external links to other American Red Cross apps, websites and social media.

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Tornado - American Red Cross
Features:
• Audible siren when NOAA issues a Tornado warning for any of your monitored locations letting you know when it’s time to go to your safe room plus an all-clear alert when the warning expires (Note: Alerts' sounds will NOT override if phone is on vibrate or in sleep mode)
• Simple step-by-step instructions to help you know what-to-do even if the cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before, during, and after requires no mobile connectivity
• Help distant friends and family in tornado alley with ability to receive tornado watch and warning alerts based on their location from NOAA
• Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most
• Be ready should a tornado hit by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation
• Reduce your household’s stress and anxiety should a tornado hit by learning to make and practice an emergency plan
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your tornado knowledge
• Know how many tornadoes have occurred in your area
• Know the difference between a watch and a warning
• Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages
• Simply let friends/family know you’re safe with customizable “I’m Safe” notification sharable thru social media, text and email
• Let others know where you are with the Toolkit’s strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions

Get it on Google Play



First Aid by American Red Cross
Features:
• Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios.
• Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time.
• Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy.
• Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies.
• Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your lifesaving knowledge.

Available on Amazon Appstore



Hurricane - American Red Cross
Features:
•Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after the storm, even if no data connectivity.
•Track the path of a hurricane with our interactive storm tracker displaying where the app has been and where it’s predicted to go.
•Monitor, hurricane, flood & tornado-related weather conditions in your area or those of loved-ones with various map layers and location-based notifications for the U.S. and its territories.
•Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
•Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
•Stay safe when the lights are out with the Hurricane Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
•Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
•Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
•Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes.
•See an illustrated history of hurricanes in your area.
•Learn the difference between a hurricane warning and watch.
•Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.

Get it on Google Play



Earthquake -American Red Cross
FEATURES:
•Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after earthquakes or tsunamis, even if no data or internet connectivity.
•Get notifications and alerts when a quake occurs and tsunami warnings in your area or those of loved-ones with push alerts from the USGS, including magnitude & Shake Zone maps when available telling you if it was just a tremor or greater.
•Let family and friends know you are okay after a quake or tsunami with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
•Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
•Stay safe when the lights are out with the Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
•Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
•Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
•Earn badges that you can share via Facebook and Twitter with your friends and show off your earthquake knowledge with interactive quizzes.
•See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area and maps with recent quakes throughout the world
•Know what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.

Get it on Google Play



Wildfire - American Red Cross
Features:
• Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after wildfires, even if no data connectivity.
• Wildfire News section with state-by-state links to all fire-fighting agencies’ Twitter feeds and websites ensuring the most recent developments on current wildfires.
• Click-to-call access to your state’s 511 network for the latest traffic information in case of evacuation
• Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
• Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
• Stay safe when the lights are out with the Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
• Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
• Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
• Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your wildfire knowledge with interactive quizzes.

Get it on Google Play



Flood - American Red Cross
Features:
• Simple step-by-step instructions to help you know what-to-do even if the cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before, during, and after requires no mobile connectivity
• Help distant friends and family in areas prone to flooding with the ability to receive flood and flash flood watches and warning alerts based on their location from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
• Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most
• Be ready should a flood hit by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation
• Reduce your household’s stress and anxiety should a flood hit by learning to make and practice an emergency plan
• Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your flood knowledge
• Know the difference between a warning and alert
• Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages
• Simply let friends/family know you’re safe with customizable “I’m Safe” notification sharable thru social media, text and email
• Let others know where you are with the Toolkit’s strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions

Get it on Google Play



Pet First Aid by American Red Cross
Features:
• Convenient toggle between cat and dog content.
• Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand.
• Prepare and protect your pet’s health with advice on administering medication, time to say goodbye, behavioral help and how to act in a disaster situation.
• Early warning sign checker for preventive care.
• Programmable veterinary contact number to be available when needed throughout the app.
• Learn first aid steps for over 25 common pet situations through a combination of text, video and images, in addition to identifying common toxic substances.
• Locate your nearest emergency vet hospital or pet-friendly hotels.
• Respond to pet emergencies with “how to” videos for the common and stressful emergency situations inclusive of size specific CPR techniques.
• Customize multiple pet profiles and set veterinary appointments.
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends along with a picture of your pet.

   $0.99
Available on Amazon Appstore



Swim by American Red Cross
Get the most out of Red Cross swim lessons with the Swim App. Created as a companion to the newly-updated Learn-to-Swim program (including Preschool Aquatics), this app will help you keep your swimmer motivated, while providing you the latest in water safety guidance to help ensure your family stays safe in, on and around the water.

Features:
•Reward and share your swimmer’s achievements as they earn badges for mastering skills
•Keep track of the skills and water safety topics your swimmer will learn in each Learn-to-Swim level with videos and detailed charts
•Ensure your swimmer understands and retains the water safety tips they learn with the games and videos in the special section just for kids
•Do fun activities with your swimmer
•Learn how to keep your family safe in a variety of environments, such as home pools, rivers, lakes and oceans

Available on Amazon Appstore


Team Red Cross by American Red Cross
 Everyone has something special to offer...including you. Team Red Cross is looking for people with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels. Make a difference, support your community and join Team Red Cross!

Features:
• Be available to help with disaster assessment, feeding, bulk distribution, in a shelter or other important work to help those in need.
• Get “briefed” on volunteer jobs via simple steps, short videos and quizzes—before you ever show up to help.
• Receive and respond to notifications for volunteer jobs based on your location
• Share volunteer opportunities with friends in your social network
• Earn digital “badges” for a variety of activities (accepting a job, completing a job, sharing the app, recruiting volunteers, etc.)and share them with your social network!
• Get connected with other Team Red Cross members and view their Red Cross activities
• Send valuable recovery information to those who need it right from the app

Get it on Google Play



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Here are some additional links provided by Annette to help get you "Red Cross Ready":
Prepare your home and family >>HERE<<
Watch the Be Red Cross Ready video >>HERE<<

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Ctag2Cynthia is only sorta kinda ready. But she does have a wind-up flashlight, water and a lot of Red Cross apps.


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