News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 17, 2012

Red Cross launches Earthquake App

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE —

The American Red Cross has launched its official Earthquake App, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in or who visit earthquake prone areas.

This free app — available in English or Spanish — is the third in a series created by the American Red Cross for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. The Earthquake App comes on the heels of the highly successful First Aid and Hurricane apps, which have been downloaded more than 1 million times.

“This newest app gives instant access to local and real-time information on what to do before, during and after earthquakes,” said Stephanie Land, Wabash Valley Chapter Emergency Services Manager.

“Wabash Valley residents will receive earthquake notifications and can monitor activity where other family and friends reside. People who do not live in earthquake-prone areas can have peace of mind knowing you’ll have instant information about loved ones.”

New “Shake Zone Impact Maps” give users personalized local impact information to help them make crucial decisions.

Features of the app include:

• earthquake notifications showing the epicenter, magnitude and intensity maps;

• one-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;

• options to view the app in English or Spanish based on user handset settings;

• locations of open Red Cross shelters;

• simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan;

• preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;

• information on events that may happen after earthquakes such as fires and tsunamis;

• toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and

• badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

More than 1 million people have downloaded the First Aid and Hurricane apps.

People use the content in the First Aid App to control bleeding, care for broken bones and help people having seizures.

The Hurricane App is  used to find shelters and to send “I’m safe” messages during Hurricane Isaac.

The Earthquake App can be found in the App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross.

Apps can help prepare people for disasters, but they are not a substitute for training. Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies if advanced medical help is delayed. People can visit redcross.org/takeaclass for course information and to register.