The American Red Cross has launched its official First-Aid app, putting free and simple life-saving information right in the hands of smartphone users.
The app is the first in a series to be devised by the organization, and it’s the only First-Aid app created or endorsed by the American Red Cross for use on both the Android and iPhone platforms. It gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common First-Aid situations and includes videos and interactive quizzes. Users who take quizzes can earn badges they can share with friends through social media to show off their life-saving knowledge.
Because of the rapid increase in smartphone users, the app takes critical First-Aid information normally stored on bookshelves and in pamphlets and places it at the fingertips of tens of millions of individuals. The app also includes trusted Red Cross disaster preparedness information for a number of common situations.
“American Red Cross First-Aid app users have expert advice in the palm of their hands,” said Margaret Arbini Madonna, CEO of American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles. “The app is simple to use and will aid those in an emergency, whether it’s in the back yard, in the conference room or anywhere in between.”
Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council Chair Dr. David Markenson said the app is a free and easy way to get life-saving First-Aid instruction and disaster-preparedness information anytime, anywhere. “Everyone should load this onto their smartphone as an important first step in learning what to do for medical emergencies and in creating a family-preparedness plan,” he said.
The app features include:
• Simple step-by-step instructions for everyday First-Aid scenarios
• Prioritized steps to take during an emergency, with 9-1-1 call button
• Sharable badges to be unlocked through interactive quizzes
• Videos and animations to make learning First-Aid fun and easy
• Safety and preparedness tips for a range of conditions including severe winter weather, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes
• Preloaded content that gives instant access to all safety information at any time
The app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Find the app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
The new app builds on the American Red Cross legacy of teaching First-Aid and life-saving skills to people across the country. An average of more than 9 million people a year receive Red Cross training in First-Aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
Downloading the app is not a substitute for training. To learn more about American Red Cross first aid training or to request a free disaster preparedness presentation, visit redcrosslb.org .
Source: Red Cross