According to the National Interagency Fire Center, wildfires have burned 8.8 million acres in the U.S. so far this year. To prepare the public for a wildfire incident, the American Red Cross released its Wildfire App v4, available in English or Spanish on both the iPhone and Android platforms.
The Wildfire App can be used during wildfire incidents to inform citizens. The app features a “Blaze Tracker” feature that sends users warnings, alerts and information based on their location. It also has a one-touch “I’m safe” messaging that lets users broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social-media outlets that they are safe.
In addition, the app is downloaded on the user’s device, so they can access static information, like the locations of shelters to family emergency plans. It also has a toolkit with a flashlight, a strobe light and an audible alarm
The Wildfire App follows the release of the highly successful First Aid, Hurricane and Earthquake Apps, which have more than 1.2 million users, according to the Red Cross.
People can make a donation to the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.