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Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:06

Hurricane watch? There's an app for that

Emergency preparedness applications are a growing trend in smart phone technology.

It’s hurricane season in Louisiana, and that means people will keep a watchful eye on the Gulf of Mexico. Preparing should go farther than that, however. Local, state and national disaster relief organizations flood their websites with emergency information. Smart phones allow the information to be more accessible with the development of emergency-related mobile apps.

The American Red Cross last year launched six mobile apps — Tornado, Hurricane, Shelter Finder, First Aid, Earthquake and Wildfire.

The Red Cross of Central Louisiana used the hurricane app for the first time when Hurricane Isaac threatened Central Louisiana. The app monitors local conditions, and aids in storm preparations. One feature allows users to find help or let others know they are safe.