Red Cross launches Earthquake App

The Red Cross has launched its official Earthquake App. “This newest app gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after earthquakes,” said Loren Leidinger-Avila, executive director of American Red Cross of San Luis Obispo County. “San Luis Obispo County residents can receive earthquake notifications and can track activity where other family and friends live.”

Available for free in English or Spanish, the app is the third in a series created by the American Red Cross for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. The Earthquake App comes on the heels of the First Aid and Hurricane apps, which have been downloaded more than 1 million times.

Features of the app include: Earthquake notifications showing the epicenter, magnitude and new “Shake Zone” intensity maps; one touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way; options to view the app in English or Spanish based on user handset settings; locations of open Red Cross shelters; Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan; information on events that may happen after earthquakes such as fires and tsunamis; and a toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm.

The Earthquake App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. For more information, visit their website at www.redcrosscentralcoast.org or call 805-543-0696.