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June 16, 2014

RE: Red Cross Adds Spanish Apps to Suite of Free Mobile Apps Aimed to Help Keep Families Safe

Dear Mayor:

We want you to know that the American Red Cross recently launched six free Spanish-language apps for disasters and home emergencies. These apps provide simple lifesaving information that will help keep families safe.

Now available in Spanish-language are the Red Cross First Aid, Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake, Wildfire and Flood apps. The Red Cross First Aid App gives people instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies. The six Red Cross disaster preparedness apps give people local and real-time information for severe weather or disaster threats, and offer step-by-step instructions that let users know what to do before, during and after a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire and flood.

“The free Red Cross Spanish-language apps make mobile devices a lifeline for emergency information for families before, during and after disasters,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “The Red Cross wants as many people as possible to benefit from the crucial emergency information available via mobile apps.”

These new Red Cross apps have a feature that enables users to easily toggle between English and Spanish language on their app.  Previously, users needed to set their entire phone language to either English or Spanish. The Red Cross, with its experience working with people during disasters, knows that people behave differently when under stress – such as a First Aid emergency or a weather emergency. In these times, people want to consume important information in their most proficient language. The Spanish toggle makes the life-saving information in the apps easier to get in emergency situations.

Each one of these Spanish-language apps, as well as the English-language versions, are free and available for iPhones and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. They can also be found at redcross.org/MobileApps. All the apps offer pre-loaded content ensuring that Red Cross guidance is available anytime, anywhere – even if no Internet connection is available. Another important feature in the disaster preparedness apps allows users to let family and friends quickly know they are safe with a customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text. The apps also have interactive quizzes that allow people to earn badges that they can share with friends on social networks.

The Red Cross is a recognized leader in teaching people the skills they need to survive life’s emergencies. The organization wants people to be ready to respond to emergencies and spread emergency information on their social networks, anywhere, anytime – even if they don’t have formal training. While apps can prepare people for disasters, it’s important to remember that downloading any of the Red Cross apps is not a substitute for training. To learn more about Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses or to register, visit redcross.org/TakeAClass.

If you have any questions or need additional information, you can contact Axel Miranda, Director, NJ State Government Affairs, American Red Cross, at 609-951-2119 or Axel.Miranda@redcross.org

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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