New Zealand Red Cross has teamed up with Civil Defence, GNS and MetService to help Kiwis make it safely through disasters.
The Red Cross Hazard App sends you official warnings and alerts, tailored to your current and chosen locations, and contains step-by-step guides to help your household create an emergency plan and prepare getaway kits.
Information and disaster guides are also pre-loaded in the app so you have instant access, even without cell phone reception or an internet connection!
Designed to operate in large scale emergencies when communication networks are under pressure, the app also allows you to send an ‘I am safe’ message to family, friends and social media following an emergency.
The Hazard App was developed for New Zealand Red Cross as part of a global project by the Red Cross’ Global Disaster Preparedness Centre.
Civil Defence uses a range of different channels, including the Emergency Mobile Alert (EMA),radio, television, and social media to deliver timely information to make sure all New Zealanders know what they need to do to keep themselves, their whanau and their neighbours safe.
It is available free for smartphone and tablet from the Apple App(external link) and Google Play(external link) stores.