Red Cross app available

Need help saving a life? Well, as the saying goes, there’s an app for that.

The American Red Cross has launched its official first aid app, putting free and simple lifesaving information right in the hands of smart phone users. This app is the first in a series to be created by the American Red Cross and it’s also the only first aid app created or endorsed by the organization for use on both the Android and iPhone platforms.

The free app is designed to provide instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations and includes videos and interactive quizzes. Users who take quizzes can earn badges they can share with friends through social media to show off their lifesaving knowledge.

The intent was to capitalize on the rapid increase in smart phone users by taking critical first aid information normally stored on bookshelves and in pamphlets and placing it at the fingertips of tens of millions of individuals, which the Red Cross believes will save lives.

The app also includes trusted Red Cross disaster preparedness information for a number of common situations.

“American Red Cross First Aid app users have expert advice in the palm of their hands,” Mary Young, CEO, American Red Cross Metro NY North which serves Greenwich, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley said. “The app is simple to use and will aid those in an emergency, whether it’s in the backyard, in the conference room or anywhere in between.”

“Everyone should load this onto their smart phone as an important first step in learning what to do for medical emergencies and in creating a family preparedness plan,” added Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council chair David Markenson.

The features include: Simple step-by-step instructions for everyday first aid scenarios, prioritized steps to take during an emergency, with 911 call button, safety and preparedness tips for a range of conditions including severe winter weather, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes and preloaded content that gives instant access to all safety information at any time.

The app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Find the app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

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