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New Red Cross Volunteer App
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) --
The American Red Cross has a new plan to get more volunteers: your cell phone.
Today, the Red Cross 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 Leslie Schaffer, regional chapter executive officer for the Iowa Region. The Team Red Cross App provides an easy and quick way for people to sign up to help the Red Cross and support their community.
After the app is downloaded, users create an account. That's where they can learn about different jobs, such as working in a warehouse, handing out supplies, or assisting with feeding. When the Red Cross needs helpers, the app will notify users based on their location. Potential volunteers can then instantly accept or decline the opportunity.
The app is free and designed for iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets. Additional features include:
1.) A quick orientation right on the mobile device.
2.) Ability for people to share notifications for volunteers with their social network.
3.) Earn digital badges by completing a job test, accepting a job, sharing the app, recruiting volunteers, etc. The badges can then be shared with their social network.
4.) Allows people to donate money to the Red Cross and sign up to donate blood.
5.) Offers emergency response information that people can share with their friends at the touch of a button.
A recent Red Cross survey shows that apps are now tied with social media as the fourth most popular way to get information during emergenciesbehind TV, radio and online news sites. Nearly one-fifth of Americans say theyve received some kind of emergency information from an app theyve downloaded, making the Red Cross apps an important way for the public to get ready for disasters.
The Team Red Cross App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.