Free Quake App Released by Red Cross
9/25/2012 8:55 AM
Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.
•Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after an earthquake, even if no data connectivity.
•Get notified when an earthquake occurs; see the intensity impact to your area or those of loved-ones with notifications generated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
•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 hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes.
•See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area.
•Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.
According to a Seattle Times blog this morning, the app is for iPhone and Android users before, during and after an earthquake.
The earthquake app, currently supports English and Spanish, and offers a “Shake Zone Impact Map,” disaster updates for local fires or tsunami warnings and info on nearby emergency shelters. The app also features a flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm and a can quickly notify your social media friends with a one-touch “I’m safe” message.
Even without mobile connectivity, preloaded emergency-response tips and plans would still be accessible. The Red Cross also has popular First Aid and Hurricane apps.
It looks like I’m the 15th person to install the Android version (it is new!) – but it already looks very polished and recommended. Download it from: iPhone and Android stores.