The American Red Cross is launching a hurricane app for smart phones.
The nonprofit organization said the technology is designed for people who visit or live in hurricane-prone areas.
Officials say the free app is available for use on both iPhone and Android platforms.
Authorities say the new app gives instant access to local and real-time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes. It also allows people to monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks.
The Hurricane and First Aid Apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross
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