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New phone app to give citizens warning, information during flooding

The American Red Cross releases their new flood application to provide real-time information to residents in flood zones.

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The American Red Cross's Flood App and other mobile apps from the Google Play or Apple App Store.

Red Cross Mobile Applications are also available on their website.

With warming temperatures and the possibility of flooding increasing, many residents are being reminded of the 2013 spring flood. While floods can often strike quickly, especially during spring months, the American Red Cross is helping to speed up warnings and the flow of information with the launch of their Flood App for iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets.

"The timing couldn't be better because we want people to prepare now," says Kelly Hudson, Regional Communications Officer for the American Red Cross of West Michigan. "Half of the battle with any disaster is making sure the community is prepared. You really want to make sure that people know what they need to do and where to go."

The app gives residents real time alerts, updates and information regarding floods and flash floods in their area from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It also contains critical information on safely avoiding floods and features a toolkit, turning any mobile phone into a flashlight, strobe light or audible alarm.

"The app will be great for people because it puts free information right in their hands," says Hudson. "It has maps to Red Cross shelters, preparedness information, evacuating and even a flash flood warning alert. If there is a flash flood in the area your phone will turn into a warning system and tell you to get to a safe place. This app could save lives."

Haris Alibasic, Grand Rapids Office of Energy Sustainability Director echoes the ease of us and assistance the app provides.

"I have downloaded the app and found that it’s a helpful tool for emergency preparedness for individuals and families in case of flood related threats. Preloaded content is especially useful as it can be accessible anytime even without an internet connection. It’s a valuable tool in the emergency preparedness toolbox."

The Flood App comes tenth in a series of Red Cross Mobile Apps aimed at providing people with critical information during disasters. All apps are free and available for iOS and Android smart phones and tablets.

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