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September 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Red Cross launching earthquake app

The American Red Cross has just released an app intended to help users before, during, and after an earthquake. (American Red Cross photo)

The American Red Cross has just released a free app intended to help iPhone and Android users before, during and after an earthquake.

The earthquake app, offered in English and Spanish, will have real-time updates on how an earthquake has affected users’ nearby area through a “Shake Zone Impact Map,” according to a Red Cross release. Users would receive disaster updates if a fire or tsunami warning in their area were issued as well as information on nearby emergency shelters.

A flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm are available on the app for those stuck in a hazardous situation. For those who aren’t, the app has a one-touch “I’m safe” message that broadcasts reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets.

In the event there is no mobile connectivity, the app’s preloaded emergency-response tips and plans would still be accessible.

The app is the third the Red Cross has created to help people respond to disasters. Its First Aid and Hurricane apps have been downloaded more than 1 million times, according to a Red Cross release.

 

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