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American Red Cross Reveals Disaster Apps

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More and more people are turning to social media or their smartphone for information. That's why the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross decided to launch some disaster relief apps, which allow you to get information and map out a safety plan.

"You are able to set it to your area, so you can see the wildfires that are around," said Karli Epstein, development director of the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross. "You can also save your plan inside the app. Your families members can access it and you can have that saved. You can take pictures of things, as well as have designated family members and checklists right in the app."

The apps are completely free to download.

The Red Cross has a number of apps. Each app has been designed for a specific type of disaster.

Epstein said the best ones for Northern Nevadans are the earthquake and wildfire apps.

Once you download them, you can connect to the Safe and Well website, which is run by the Red Cross. On Safe and Well, you can let family and friends know you are okay and which American Red Cross shelter you are staying.

The disaster apps also show where American Red Cross shelters are located in the area.

"So if you ever have to evacuate and you don't have access to a computer and your power is down and you don't have a TV, you can actually see where our shelters are and you can go there and get help."

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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