Red Cross Mobile Apps
March is Red Cross Month! Every year the American Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters from single-family home fires to community-wide disasters like tornadoes, wildfires, and floods.
The American Red Cross created applications that provide useful, convenient information on what you and your family can do before, during, and after disasters and emergencies. These applications are available for iPhone and Android devices.
Most apps have preloaded content that allows users to access information even when there is no internet connection or cell service and permits users to register on the Red Cross’s Safe & Well site. Safe & Well is a communication tool that allows those impacted by emergencies to communicate their safety to family, friends, and loved ones.
Available Mobile Applications
Here are just a few of the free applications that are useful for Montanans:
Montana experiences all different types of floods from flash floods and ice jams to large-scale riverine flooding. The application allows you to help family and friends in flood prone areas receive flood and flash flood watches and warning alerts, learn how to deal with water and food during a flood, and more.
Wildfires occur across Montana every year, impacting livelihoods, homes, and entire communities. The Wildfire News section of this app provides state-by-state links to firefighting agencies as well as Twitter feeds, links to other websites that help keep the public is up-do-date on current wildfires, and more.
Montana is earthquake country. It is important that all Montanans know what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. The app includes step-by-step instructions to let you know what to do before/during/after an earthquake, notifications generated by the US Geological Survey that let you know when an earthquake occurs, information on how to stay safe when the lights are out that includes a strobe light, flashlight, and audible alert functions, access to information about earthquakes in your area, and more.
Knowing basic first-aid is an invaluable skill. The app features instructions that guide you through everyday first-aid scenarios, is fully integrated with 911 so you can call EMS from the app at any time, includes videos that make learning first-aid fun, and more.
Shelter Find Application
When disaster strikes know when and where shelters have been opened to provide assistance. The Red Cross shelter app is regularly updated so that you can find the status of shelters in your community and around the country.
Team Red Cross Volunteer Application
Every year, more than one million Americans work with the Red Cross as volunteers serving local community needs. In Montana, volunteers serve on 22 Disaster Action Teams (DAT) across the state, responding to emergencies large and small. Learn more about opportunities to get engaged and volunteer with the Red Cross in your area!
How to Download
To find out how to download these useful apps to your iPhone or Android device, click here.
Other apps are also available on different topics and hazards, including tornadoes, hurricanes, swimming, and pet first-aid.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.