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Having been through two floods in the last 14 years in Lake Nebagamon, I can tell you it is expensive, and one can suffer the loss of items that are not replaceable. More importantly, it can endanger a persons. After the most recent flood last year I've found out from my insurance company that they do not cover flood damage, and was told this is pretty much the case with all insurance companies. I downloaded the free app, and it does offer good advice, not only in preparedness, but also during and after. I urge you to download the app, it could help you a great deal.According to a press release by Dan Williams, Community Chapter Executive of the Northland and North Star Chapters of the American Red Cross,this free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.

“Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States and, following the devastating flash flooding that hit the Northland in 2012, we know a tool like this new app can help here, too,” says Dan Williams, Community Chapter Executive of the Northland and North Star Chapters of the American Red Cross. “Today, people can download this free Red Cross app and use it to create emergency plans so that all household members know what to do if flooding threatens.”

Other features of the app include:

·         One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to send a message letting family and friends know that they are out of harm’s way;

·         Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;

·         Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm to let others know where you are;

·         Locations of open Red Cross shelters;

·         Real-time recovery resources for returning home and cleaning up; and

·         Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

The new Red Cross Flood App is being released during National Flood Safety Awareness Week, which runs from March 16-22.