A native app that allows you to monitor more than 46 different climate-affected emergency alerts in your town, and other cities that matter to you, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornados.
This platform for the American Red Cross allows them to communicate with the population in an entirely new way, providing a real-time solution during numerous disasters and enabling users to contact loved ones to let them know they’re safe, find the nearest shelter and track the storm.
The app offers invaluable information on how best to prepare your home and make plans with family before a disaster strikes, and gives advice to aid recovery. The app also allows for the real-time addition of much needed content (such as food/shelter locators and open gas stations) which is critical in the wake of a disaster. The app revolutionised how the American Red Cross communicates with people, before, during and after a disaster. Within the disaster management community it’s proving to be the blueprint for how disaster management agencies can use mobile to help people.
During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the app was #2 US. As a result of its success, the app was featured as part of the White House’ Safety Datapalooza, showing how apps can be used in a disaster scenario.
The app was also utilised throughout Hurricane Harvey which caused the worst flooding disaster in US history. While the American Red Cross were mobilising relief workers to support response efforts and help those in need, we were busy 7,732 km away making sure that the app didn’t crash and could be relied on. At the peak of the storm, we were receiving 5,500 server requests per minute for emergency information.
In response to the increased frequency of wildfires destroying communities and claiming lives, the Wildfire Enhancement was available on the Emergency app from August 2023 to allow users to see local wildfire risk and create a personalised wildfire plan. Increase your wildfire preparedness level by completing actions under four goals:
- Make your wildfire evacuation plan
- Create defensible space
- Protect yourself from wildfire smoke
- Get involved with community efforts