Created on Saturday, 20 July 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
The American Red Cross this week launched the Team Red Cross App, which allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about Red Cross disaster volunteer opportunities in their community.
“When people see an emergency happening in their community, they often want to help, but may not know how,” said Sheri Timmers, American Red Cross of Logan County executive director.
“The Team Red Cross App provides an easy and quick way for people to sign up to help the Red Cross and support Logan County and other communities in times of need.”
Once users download the app, they create an account. Then they learn about different jobs, such as working in a warehouse, handing out supplies or assisting with feeding. When the Red Cross has a need for volunteers, the Team Red Cross App will notify users based on their location. Potential volunteers can instantly accept or decline the volunteer opportunity.
The Red Cross is encouraging the public to download the app before a disaster strikes in Logan County so volunteers can help immediately.
The app is free and designed for iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets. It is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.
Additional features include: the ability to share notifications with others in social networks; earn digital “badges” by completing a job test, accepting a job, sharing the app, recruiting volunteers,; donate money to the Red Cross; signing up to donate blood; and emergency response information that people can share with friends at the touch of a button.
The Team Red Cross App is the seventh in a series of successful Red Cross apps, which are now on more than three million mobile devices across the country.