MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Hurricane apps are everywhere these days. Between the University of Miami, The Weather Channel and countless independent weather companies, South Floridians have options.

On Wednesday, however, another major player joined the fray: the American Red Cross.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the non-profit launched its “Hurricane App,” the digital Swiss Army knife of disasters, your family’s go-to resource when the next Cat 3 bears down. The free iPhone and Android product has emergency checklists, weather updates, shelter locaters — even an alarm sound and a flashlight.

“The American Red Cross app looks like it has a lot of promise, but we really can’t tell how well it’s going to function until we see some alerts,” said Trevor Misisco, who owns an Apple consulting firm, Expert MacServices, in Boca Raton.

Misisco also volunteers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and he was probably one of the first people Wednesday to download the Red Cross app.

“It’s something people can look at real quick on their way to work as they pound down their coffee,” he said.

Learn more about the new app’s features in the Sun-Sentinel’s full article.


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