Red Cross Launches Free Spanish Apps to Help Keep Families Safe

July 2, 2014 9:00 am · 31 comments


The American Red Cross is launching six free Spanish-language apps for disasters and home emergencies with simple lifesaving information that will help keep families safe.

“With natural disasters, it’s vital that people can receive and share warnings, preparedness information and their own status immediately with their social networks, and that’s what these Red Cross apps do,” said Mark Cloutier, Regional CEO, Gateway to the Golden State Region. “If people can take only one step to make their family better prepared for disasters, they should download these free Red Cross apps and help their loved ones download them too.”

The six Spanish-language apps are the Red Cross First Aid, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire and flood apps. The Red Cross First Aid App gives people instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies.

The five Red Cross disaster preparedness apps give people local and real-time information for severe weather or disaster threats, and offer step-by-step instructions that let users know what to do before, during and after a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire and flood.

The Red Cross apps of special importance to people in the Bay Area are First Aid, wildfire, flood, and earthquake.

The Red Cross apps have a feature that enables users to easily toggle between English and Spanish language on their app. Previously, users needed to set their entire phone language to either English or Spanish. The Red Cross, with its experience working with people during disasters, knows that people behave differently when under stress – such as a First Aid emergency or a weather emergency. In these times, people want to consume important information in the language they are most comfortable with. The Spanish toggle makes the life-saving information in the apps easier to get in emergency situations.

Each one of these Spanish-language apps are free and available for iPhones and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. They can also be found at (English) or (Spanish).

All the apps offer pre-loaded content ensuring that Red Cross guidance is available anytime, anywhere – even if no Internet connection is available. Another important feature in the disaster preparedness apps allows users to let family and friends quickly know they are safe with a customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text. The apps also have interactive quizzes allow people to earn badges that they can share with friends on social networks.

The Red Cross created and released the six Spanish-language mobile at a time when smartphone use among Hispanics is surging.

A 2013 study by the Pew Research Center found that Latinos own smartphones and go online from a mobile device at similar – and sometimes higher – rates than other groups of Americans.

These six free Spanish-language apps build on the Red Cross legacy of teaching life-saving skills to people across the country. Overall, the award-winning Red Cross apps have been downloaded more than 4.7 million times.

The Red Cross is an established leader in teaching people the skills they need to survive life’s emergencies, and wants people to be ready to respond to emergencies and spread emergency information on their social networks, anywhere, anytime – even if they don’t have formal training.

While apps can prepare people for disasters, it’s important to remember that downloading any of the Red Cross apps is not a substitute for training. To learn more about Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses or to register, visit

Mark July 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Or… they can learn the language of the country they moved to.
All good and will help save lives but just another example of a much bigger problem… press 1 for English.

Chernobyl July 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Just speak English, problem solved

Gross income < 50k? Live in concord! July 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Here comes the hive mind vitriol. Murica.

Rob July 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Anything that makes the Far Whities freak out and light their hair on fire sounds good to me.

WC July 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Why not in French. I moved to this country from France and refuse to learn English. Where is my app!

Time to file a lawsuit, or maybe find a French advocacy group to take my case to a bunch of lawyers 🙂 I love this country!

funny man July 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

lol you people will complain about anything. considering the hgh immigrant population to keep your grocery prices reasonable you think you’d have better things to complain about. You should start worrying when you have to “اضغط 1 للغة الإنكليزية” (press 1 for english)


Cal Old Blue July 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Infidel. Infindel is maybe somebody who owns a luxury Nissan?

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I have a better idea. Keep the instructions in English, and encourage their customer base to spend a few minutes every now and then learning at least some elementary English skills. Maybe watch Sabado Gigante a little less to make up for lost time.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 2, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Dats Racisss!!!

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 2, 2014 at 2:16 PM

We wouldnt want to offend anyone by suggesting they spend some time learning the language of the country they live in.
No, we dont want to do that.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM

@Rob,#4: Rob, what would we do without politically correct fools such as yourself? you better be nice or I’ll stop tossing my spare change into your tip jar.

Norm July 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Speak English….issue copies of Rosetta Stone. Why roll out the red carpet for the cause of our downfall? Why have people here who do not want to be Americans? English classes are free, no excuse. Too bad if you think it’s raciss. Has your family’s blood been spilt for these freedoms we now have? If not, bugger f$&k all off!

NotPC July 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

” “If people can take only one step to make their family better prepared for disasters, they should” – learn to speak English.

If you were moving to Germany, France, Belgim, Sweeden, Russia, etc,; what would be the first and most obvious step? Learn the language? Not if you’re a fan of LaRaza (“The Race”).

Let a white guy start a group called “The Race” and watch the S hit the fan!!! But if a person of color does it, why, it’s a “culture” thing.

Go Home Illegals.

NotPC July 2, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I know, maybe I should learn to spell. . . .

PrimaeyTime July 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Anyone who is here illegally and refuses
to learn English is an affront to all those
thousands and tens of thousands who have
immigrated legally, learned the language,
assimilated, and those who fought for the
country’s freedom. If it was good enough for
the Italians, the Irish, the French, the Germans,
etc., etc., etc., it’s good enough for the rest.
It is possible to maintain ones cultural
heritage, tradition, language and so on and
still speak English. Just observe those
who founded the nation and fought for our
freedoms. I’m really afraid “diversity” is
antithetical to “unity.”

Atticus Thraxx July 2, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Ponder this query ‘o wise ones… do we benefit from a large percentage of our population unable to help themselves or communicate with authorities effectively before, during and after a disaster of some sort?
I get your all pissy about immigration and whatnot, but practically speaking it’s a win-win if you get your heads out of your collective asses and think about it.

Marianne July 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

You are so full of it. I didn’t put the ‘sh” but you can add it. ” I’m really afraid “diversity” is antithetical to “unity.” You don’t even know what that means. That statement is a conflict within itself.

Dr. Steve July 3, 2014 at 1:21 AM

On tonights show we will look at di-vacity and pruppets, do we want wood pruppets talking with plastic pruppets? Also, my yard has moles, why?

NotPC July 3, 2014 at 1:24 AM

@Atticus – It’s only a win for the illegals; we have given in to their demands.

They need to learn the language of the country. Really, I’d rather see a week without an illegal. (am yera would be even better – Citizens jobs would reappear)

PrimaeyTime July 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

@17 Marianne

What about it don’t you understand?
What’s wrong with speaking English?
What’s wrong with obeying the law
of the land? Please tell me since
you’re so brilliant you have to
resort to profanity. Anyone who is
here illegally is an affront to all of us
who are law abiding citizens. Those
who refuse to learn the language
are conveying their utter disregard for
the rest of us. Is my statement about
diversity being antithetical to unity
over your head?

Marianne July 3, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Primeay…no, not really. I, for one, believe if you travel to any country you have to learn the language. Your statement is just contradictory! No way around that!

PrimaeyTime July 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Opinions are either diverse or
unified. So are people. They don’t
call it “The Unified Field Theory”
for nothing.

PrimaeyTime July 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Opinions are either diverse or they
are unified. So are people. They
dont call it “The Unified Field Theory”
for nothing.

Marianne July 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Primeay, now you are just being stupid.

RunDogRun July 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Oh, plllleeease! If you’re so smart
why don’t you explain it to me.

PrimaeyTime July 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

So, the app is in Spanish. What are the
rest of us supposed to do?

PrimaeyTime July 3, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Plllleeease! Give me your enlightened
exposition. Diversity is contradictory
to unity. Looks like you’re one of those
people who bought the propaganda.

Marianne July 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Primaey, the apps are opted in spanish, but english is the primary language; so english versions will be available. There is a cost associated with the “free” spanish apps to have them in spanish. This where I agree. Things like this should be made for people who take the time and learn english to become a productive member of our American society not someone who comes from another country to have America do for them. No other country is this way because it places a heavy financial burden on the host country.

PrimaeyTime July 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM

You sidestepped the issue.
Diversity promotes what is
different about us. Unity
promotes what we have in
common. Which do you think
would provide for more
conflict? You can’t have
both coexistant in the same
space. They are antithetical.

Marianne July 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I understand that you want to talk about diversity, but this issue is really about convenience.

NotPC July 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Diversity is good for you!! Just ask the Mayans how much better off they are now. . . .

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