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Red Cross offers Earthquake App; SE earthquake drill planned

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GAINESVILLE - The American Red Cross has launched its official Earthquake App, putting lifesaving information in the hands of those who live in or who visit earthquake prone areas.

This free app – available in English or Spanish - is the third in a series of emergency situation apps created by the 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.

“This newest app gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after earthquakes,” said Joni Smith, Executive Director, Northeast Chapter of the Red Cross. “Northeast Georgia residents will receive earthquake notifications and can monitor activity where their family and friends reside. Those living outside earthquake-prone areas can have peace of mind knowing they’ll have instant information about loved ones.”

New “Shake Zone Impact Maps” give users personalized local impact information to help them make crucial decisions.

Features of the app include:
• Earthquake notifications showing the epicenter, magnitude and 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;
• Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
• Information on events that may happen after earthquakes such as fires and tsunamis;
• Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
• Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

People have used the content in the First Aid App to control bleeding, care for broken bones and help people having seizures. The Hurricane App was used to find Red Cross shelters and to send “I’m safe” messages during Hurricane Isaac. National

“A recent Red Cross survey found that apps have tied with social media as the fourth most popular way for people to get information during emergencies, making the Red Cross app development effort even more important,” added Smith.

The Earthquake App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

THE GREAT SOUTHEAST SHAKEOUT

With an emphasis on earthquake safety, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is launching the “The Great Southeast ShakeOut, the first earthquake drill ever organized specifically for the southeast U.S.” on Oct. 18.

People across the Southeast will be asked to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” at 10:18 a.m. on Oct. 18, during exercise. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security’s Ready Georgia campaign is supporting this effort in Georgia, joining households, businesses and schools across South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Already more than 36,000 Georgia residents have signed up for the ShakeOut.

Visit www.ready.ga.govto sign up a household or organization and pledge to take part in the drill.
http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/register/

Link: Southeastern Earthquake Drill
Associated Categories: Local/State News

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