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Hurricane - American Red Cross for Android

By American Red Cross Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 7, 2014

Hurricane - American Red Cross is a must-have app if you live or travel in hurricane zones. It helps you with everything you need to prepare for, survive, and recover from a hurricane or tropical storm. Hurricane receives real-time alerts for your location and also finds evacuation routes, hospitals, and emergency services when necessary. It's an excellent teaching tool, too.

Pros

Disaster relief: With authoritative advice and facts from the American Red Cross, just having Hurricane on your phone can mean the difference between life and death when a hurricane hits.

Real-time alerts: We could receive real-time alerts for hurricanes, floods, tornados, and other events via text, email, and other means.

Two language options: We could toggle between English and Spanish language interfaces, making this app even more versatile in an emergency.

Toolkit: The Toolkit menu accesses Flashlight, Strobe Light, and Alarm widgets; a plan-making tool, and first aid advice. You can even send "I'm safe" notifications to worried friends and family members.

Cons

Text heavy: As we've noted with the other apps from the American Red Cross, about the only legit complaint we can make is that it looks and feels like a pamphlet from the American Red Cross. It's much more than that, though, but it would benefit from some multimedia additions.

Bottom Line

Hurricane -- American Red Cross is authoritative, concise, useful, and packed with extras. If you're in an area prone to hurricanes, this is a must-have app to add to your device.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3.2

For permission info: see description== 1.3.2 ==Fixed issue with shelters not refreshingFixed crashing issue when downloading new contentFixed issue with alerts not showing for current locationEmbedded storm tracker into appUpdated localisation == 1.3.1 ==Fixed crashing issuesFixed issue with alerts not showing properlyFixed local shelters not showing== 1.3 ==Fixed major issues with spanish devices not loading contentAdded flashlight/strobe lightAdded make a plan section

General

Release August 29, 2012
Date Added August 29, 2012
Version 1.3.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android, Android 2.2, Android 2.3.3 - Android 2.3.7
Additional Requirements Compatible with 2.2 and above.

Popularity

Total Downloads 74
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Important Update: Please update to version 1.3.2 as it fixes major issues with alerts not displaying properly.Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.Please note: shelters only show the current open shelters. More shelters are setup as disasters happen, but until then, there may not be any shelters near you.Features: - Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even if the cell towers are down and the power is out. - Monitor weather conditions in your area or those of loved-ones with location-based alerts for the U.S. and its territories from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA). - Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable Im Safe alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text. - Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help. - Stay safe when the lights are out with the Hurricane Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions. - Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation. - Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan. - Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes. - See an illustrated history of hurricanes in your area. - Learn the difference between a hurricane warning and watch. - Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.Please update your app to the latest version as soon as possible! It address numerous critical issues with crashing!Permissions:DIRECTLY CALL PHONE NUMBERS: We need this to allow you to call emergency numbers from within the appCAMERA: We need to be able to use the camera to allow us to use the flashlight in Tool KitGPS LOCATION: We need to serve you hurricane alerts based on your current locationPHONE CONTACTS: We need this for the Make a Plan view to allow you to add emergency contacts straight from your address bookRecent changes:For permission info: see description== 1.3.2 ==Fixed issue with shelters not refreshingFixed crashing issue when downloading new contentFixed issue with alerts not showing for current locationEmbedded storm tracker into appUpdated localisation == 1.3.1 ==Fixed crashing issuesFixed issue with alerts not showing properlyFixed local shelters not showing== 1.3 ==Fixed major issues with spanish devices not loading contentAdded flashlight/strobe lightAdded make a plan sectionContent rating: Low Maturity