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Red Cross App: Safety Tips in Case of Emergency

The Red Cross app can help you in a heatwave or a hurricane .. or a dozen other emergency situations.

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It’s been a while since we’ve experienced this kind of heat in Carroll County.  Remembering the symptoms of dehydration may be difficult – especially if you’re experiencing the symptoms of dehydration. 

Technology to the rescue.

The American Red Cross’s first aid app has information on preparation for emergency situations as well videos and tips on how to handle everything from a hypothermia to a heart attack to heat stroke - it even links to “call 911” in the event that you’re too distracted to get to your phone’s dialer. 

“What it does is give you any kind of information you’d want on how to take care of yourself in an emergency,” Red Cross Communications Director Cheryl Kravitz said Wednesday, when temperatures were set to rise to the high 90s.

The app also has a “preparation” tab, with tips on how to prepare for chemical emergencies, flu pandemics hurricanes and even everyday emergencies (know where the nearest hospital is, keep a list of emergency phone numbers handy). 

And in case of a heatwave?

  • Stay continuously hydrated, even if you don’t feel thirsty
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals
  • Use sunscreen SPF30 or higher
  • Have plenty of bottled water on hand

There is also a checklist that let’s you check off the preparations you’ve already made.

The first aid app is one of several emergency-oriented apps offered by the Red Cross. 

“I downloaded the tornado app the other weekend,” Kravitz said, “and even though there wasn’t a tornado, it let me know the storms were approaching, what to do … in chase there had been a tornado, an alarm goes off. And if your lights go out, it acts like a flashlight.”

So what can’t this app do?

It cannot charge your phone for you, and if your phone dies, what good is the app anyway? Kravitz suggests everyone has a back-up battery pack or a hand-crank/solar radio, like this one offered by Red Cross, which can also charge electronics. 

The Red Cross First Aid app is available for Android phones and iPhones.

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