Earthquake by American Red Cross
By American Red Cross
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**IMPORTANT FOR IPHONE 4 USERS: DO NOT UPDATE YET**. WE’RE AWARE OF AN ISSUE CAUSING THE APP TO CRASH FOR SOME USERS. WE’RE WORKING ON A FIX THAT SHOULD BE LIVE SOON. PLEASE DO NOT UPDATE YET.
**One of "9 Apps to Fast-Track Your New Year's Resolutions" - Mashable**
**“Those who live their life on the fault lines should pick this app up immediately.” – Appolicious**
**“The number one app to download to help you survive an earthquake.” – IT World**
**A “MUST-HAVE” app that “…basically turns your mobile device into an all-in-one post-quake tool, info center, and instruction guide.” – TremblingEarth**
Be ready for earthquakes & tsunamis with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Get notifications and alerts when earthquakes or a tsunami occurs, 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 earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.
Ahora disponible en español.
• Easy to use Spanish language toggle to switch translation directly inside the app.
•Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after earthquakes or tsunamis, even if no data or internet connectivity.
•Get notifications and alerts when a quake occurs and tsunami warnings in your area or those of loved-ones with push alerts from the USGS, including magnitude & Shake Zone maps when available telling you if it was just a tremor or greater.
•Let family and friends know you are okay after a quake or tsunami with the customizable “I’m 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 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 via Facebook and Twitter with your friends and show off your earthquake knowledge with interactive quizzes.
•See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area and maps with recent quakes throughout the world
•Know what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.
What's New in Version 2.0.3
• General bug fixes
• Stability and performance improvements
Add this capability
This is a nice app but what it really needs is the ability to utilize the iPhone accelerometer to detect earthquakes and share that data to the cloud and/or the USGS.
Only when enough similar readings are detected from a certain region within a narrow timeframe would the data be considered legitimate and then be pushed back out to the map for all users to view.
The app could also be active only at certain times of the day/night that the user defines. As well as only be active when connected to pre-defined wifi networks. Such as Home or work.
Another option would be to only take accelerometer reading when it is plugged into power (such as when on your night stand or connected to a computer USB).
The app could also use the iPhone GPS to disable sensor reading when moving. As well as only record seismic data when the app detects the iPhone is laying flat on its back.
Another option would be to disable the seismic sensor data output when a face is detected with the front facing camera.
Requiring the app to be running in the foreground would also further prevent false readings.
This could easily, quickly, and cheaply create a huge network of seismographs around the world.
The Red Cross has appeared to lose sight of their idea and mission, they appear to be more interested in selling other Red Cross Apps then giving current accurate information.
The planning information is not even basic, no go bag ideas. The shelters are a joke, all of the northeast United States is supposed to go to a high school in Philadelphia? The only info up to date is the donate page. The app is lacking the basic planning and preparation information. No set designate Red Cross rally points. The shelters should at least be linked to local O.E.M. Sites, better would be in app stored locations. So if the Internet is down people know where to go. Much room and need for improvement.
Great App for Alerts
I have family in 5 states, and I travel a lot. I like the ability to have a warning and take action; we may not be listening to a TV station at the time. The Alerts allow me a "heads up", and I can tune in to local news. This App provides great information for those of us who are not Scientists. Thanks Red Cross for being there.
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- Category: Weather
- Updated: Oct 13, 2014
- Version: 2.0.3
- Size: 22.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: American Red Cross
- Copyright © 2012-2014 The American National Red Cross
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.