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Get App-y: Be ready for disaster

American Red Cross offering help on the ground and on your device during disasters like the recent Oklahoma wildfires.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: August 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm •  Published: August 7, 2012

In the aftermath of Oklahoma's fires over the weekend, the free American Red Cross — Shelter View (from VisionLink, Inc.) will be the most effective for now, with three emergency shelters in Oklahoma still open on Monday to help those who lost homes in the fires. Also, check out another app, First Aid by American Red Cross, as a good guide of what to do in any emergency — such as tick bites, head injuries, broken bones and more.

When you open the shelter app, you see a map of all current Red Cross shelters in the United States. You can view them by list and see why they are open (wildfires, flood, etc.). The app also includes a link to a website with related news.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated September as National Preparedness Month, and with these apps, the Red Cross has found a way to help families be as ready as possible for unexpected tragedies.


For tips to ensure that your data is secure in case of an emergency, go online to For information about the wildfires and how to help, see

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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