As the American Red Cross helps Californians recover from Sunday’s early morning 6.1 magnitude earthquake, people are encouraged to prepare for future earthquakes by downloading the free Red Cross Earthquake App on their smartphones.
The Red Cross opened two evacuation centers Sunday in response to the Napa earthquake. One of the evacuation centers stayed open overnight to shelter people unable to return home. Trained Red Cross workers are completing disaster assessments in affected areas and providing assistance to residents in need. Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to work with community and government partners to help people return home safely and recover.
DOWNLOAD THE RED CROSS EARTHQUAKE APP
People living in earthquake-prone areas are encouraged to download the free Red Cross Earthquake App on their Apple or Android smartphones, which will receive audible alerts when an earthquake occurs in your locality. The app also has information on how to prepare for and what to do during an earthquake and how to safely check your home after the tremors have stopped. You can also set up alerts in the app to let your loved ones know you are okay via your social media network, even when the power is out. The content is available in both English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device.
People can download the app by texting “GETQUAKE” to 90999 or searching “Red Cross Earthquake” in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
WHAT TO DO DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
If you are inside when the shaking starts, the Red Cross recommends that you:
Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible.
If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.
Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
If you are outside when the shaking starts:
Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights).
If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.
Learn how to prepare for and recover after future earthquakes at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/earthquake.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Help people affected by disasters like earthquakes in California and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Tags: California, Apps, Earthquake.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.