New free earthquake preparation App

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(Press Release by American Red Cross)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 25, 2012)

A new American Red Cross app for iPhone and Android can help Californians stay informed about earthquakes in their area. The free app also shows people how to plan ahead for and recover after an earthquake.

Available in Spanish and English,”Earthquake” comes on the heels of successful first aid and hurricane apps released over the last few months by the Red Cross and downloaded more than 1 million times by mobile users nationwide.

Features include:

· Notifications showing the epicenter, magnitude and intensity of earthquakes, as well as historical data for earthquakes in an area over the last 40 years.

· “I’m safe” messaging for users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media

· Locations of open Red Cross shelters;

· Steps to create an emergency plan

· Preloaded emergency preparedness content, available when phones are offline or out of service

· Information about fires, tsunamis and other disasters that could happen in the aftermath of an earthquake

· Emergency toolkits with a flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm

· Interactive quizzes where users can earn badges and share their earthquake knowledge on social networks

Over the past three months, the Red Cross has made great strides in using mobile platforms to deliver emergency information. During Hurricane Isaac, the hurricane app was used by people to find Red Cross shelters and to send “I’m safe” messages. Earthquake can help Californians in the same way during the next big one.

Download Earthquake for free at the Apple App Storeand Google Play Store for Androidby searching for American Red Cross.

Apps can help prepare people for disasters, but they are not a substitute for training. Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to respond to emergencies if advanced medical help is delayed. Visit redcross.org/takeaclassfor course information and to register.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year and we help people get ready to respond to emergencies by providing these apps for free. The Red Cross needs the help of the public to continue this lifesaving effort. Make a donation to the Red Cross by going to redcross.org, texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.

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