Red Cross rolls out flood app with spring runoff expected to be high

DENVER — Six months after the devastating floods on the Front Range and in anticipation of higher-than-usual spring runoff, the American Red Cross announced a new flood application Monday.

The free app for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone and tablet users provides access to local and real-time information on what to do before and during a flood.

Content will be in English and Spanish and will include location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings.

“The floods and flash floods of 2013, coupled with the recent flooding in Wyoming, really bring home the importance of this new mobile app,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the Red Cross Colorado and Wyoming Region. “The audible alerts in the app can save lives — even when users are away from a radio or TV.”

Other features include letting users send a message to friends or family that they are safe, and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm to let others know your location.

The release of the app is times to National Flood Safety Awareness Week, which is March 16-22.

The app can be found by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.