The disaster preparedness apps will give
Five of the six apps offer real-time information about disaster threats in their area, Garcia said. Those disaster-preparedness apps cover hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods. As hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and floods approach, apps give users information on how to stay safe, he said. They also tell the user when the emergency has passed, he said.
A sixth app gives the user access to first aid information, including instructions on how to perform manual CPR, he said.
English-language versions of the apps have been available for some time, Garcia said, but they weren't available in Spanish unless the user set his or her phone's language mode to Spanish. The new apps allow the user to switch easily back and forth between English and Spanish, he said.
The need for an effective way of reaching Spanish-speaking residents came to light during the tornado and subsequent flooding that struck the
Although the apps were developed on a national level, Garcia said local
"We knew that we needed to get out there into those Hispanic communities, and that's what we have done," he said.
Each of the six apps are free and available for iPhone and Android devices. They can be found at RedCross.org/SpanishApps or RedCross.org/AppsenEspanol.
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