OKLAHOMA CITY – While Oklahoma has heavy rains in the forecast, the American Red Cross is reminding folks of its free Flood App.
The Red Cross says the app is designed to save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.
The app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood.
The app is available in English or Spanish and has audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings, even if the app is closed.
“Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and people can use the Red Cross app to create emergency plans so all household members know what to do if flooding threatens,” said Janienne Bella, Central and Western Oklahoma Region CEO. “The audible alerts in the app can save lives – even when users are away from a radio or TV.”
According to the Red Cross, the app also includes:
- One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to send a message letting family and friends know that they are out of harm’s way;
- Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
- Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm to let others know where you are;
- Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
- Real-time recovery resources for returning home and cleaning up; and
- Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.
The Red Cross also advises to pay attention to flood warnings and stay away from floodwaters.
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