Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Great Rookie Year: Red Cross Hurricane App Turns 1

by Sydney Holt, volunteer contributor

The Red Cross Hurricane App turns one year old this month, and to celebrate we’re sharing highlights from its first year of life. With more than 860,000 downloads, this completely free resource has already received major praise being named, “One of the top 6 hurricane tracking apps” by CNN, and “One of 5 apps to get you through a natural disaster” by Fox News – there’s nothing immature about this young App.

While we may not get much use out of it in Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas, we encourage you to get creative when sharing with friends and family who may find themselves in a storm’s path. Below are a few ideas for sharing this important information with those near and dear to you this hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. 

Tell a joke. While a tropical storm is no laughing matter, sometimes humor makes it easier to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Here’s one of our personal favorites:

Q: What did the hurricane say to the other hurricane?
A:  I have my eye on you. 

Send a text. Smartphone owners average 67 texts per day. Make one of those messages count by letting your contacts know they can download the app by texting **REDCROSS (**73327677) – a downloadable link will be sent directly to them.

Get social. Keep an eye out for updates to the Hurricane App and our other apps by following Red Cross DFW on Facebook and Twitter and be sure to share with your followers. 

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