With the deadly wildfires that took place in California over the past month and the fact that many are still missing in Northern California, the American Red Cross team decided to team up with others to produce an information service that could have saved lives.
A big part of this is the Wildfire app and on KVNU's For the People program on Monday, communications director for the Red Cross in Utah and Nevada, Rich Woodruff, said education is the key element with this service.
“It’s both education before an event (and) during an event and then even after in terms of the recovery. It’s basically designed to have that emergency information at your fingertips," Woodruff explained. "First of all, you want to be prepared in the event that you have to face this kind of a situation and then during the event, real-time information, traffic reports, maybe shelter locations…just live information that can be very helpful during the event”
It is hoped that all those that are still missing are safe, but with the communication infrastructure affected by the fires, they cannot make contact with their loved ones. That is where the Wildfire app comes in.
“That’s a great feature, in fact, all the apps that we develop have the ‘safe and well’ feature because of a lot of times…look at the situation we’re in now, a lot of people missing and it’s very confusing, very chaotic. In disasters that’s kind of the nature of what happens so that is a feature that is part of this and the other apps that we have that are surrounding disasters”
The WIldfire App will feature the following:
We love apps that make the world a better, safer place. Let's hope this app can save lives in the future.