Languages: English, German, SE, Spanish
Seller: VisionLink, Inc
All new design and layout!
Share shelter addresses with friends and family.
In-App News Feed.
Significant back end improvements.
REAL-TIME, CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED FOR EMERGENCY MANAGERS
Shelter data reflects all disaster shelters across the United States. Information is updated at least daily, and more often during disasters, including location, capacity, current number of shelter residents, and the date and time of the last update for each activated shelter.
WHAT IS DISPLAYED
Shelters are only displayed if they are active and open. Shelter managers open and close shelters as appropriate to local needs and the information is updated from every active shelter at least once a day.
The application maps locations and shelter details across the United States. Zoom in to the local area. View shelter details: the agency managing the shelter, capacity of the shelter and current population, the associated disaster event, the specific shelter address and location and driving directions from your location.
LIST VIEW & DISASTER NEWS
View open shelters by state, jump to the latest disaster information via the Disaster Online Newsroom, and donate to help the American Red Cross respond to those in need.
NATIONAL SHELTER SYSTEM
The application uses data about open shelters from the American Red Cross National Shelter System (NSS). The NSS contains information about more than 60,000 potential disaster facilities and is used to track and report on shelter information during disasters.
The NSS enables emergency managers and disaster relief workers to identify relevant information for all shelters in use and to develop effective response strategies before disasters strike.
This application was contributed to the American Red Cross by VisionLink® in Boulder, CO, providing enterprise software (CommunityOS™) for multi-agency client and case management, community resource management and referral, and disaster relief solutions. VisionLink operates the National Shelter System for the American Red Cross.
Amazing app! I have family and friends across the entire country so when I see a storm coming I can alert them as to which shelters to go to if the need arises!
It used to work. The latest update is stuck on my iPhone "waiting". It's grated out so it won't open and can't be deleted. All I can do is wait for another update to see if it will be fixed. Update: ok app/download fixed itself. Added a fee stars
The new app update is great! Much smoother than the old one.
The map shows current open red cross shelters, its updated hourly so to give it one star because it shows one shelter like today is stupid. Please be intelligent to know how to use an app before rating it! Could be a great resource
Please make a flood app.
Nice interactive map and comprehensive listing of open shelters across the US.
this is really handy!!!!!!
Worked fine for me in SoCal.
Has been wonderful and so helpful at a time like this! I could get locations of shelters quick! I found just what I needed! It also brought me straight to the current news. Great app!
This brings the Red Cross up to date with state of the art communications. Great job!
As a Red Cross disaster volunteer I look forward to this easily accessed info this summer. Just wish the sites set up by national Red Cross to keep disaster volunteers informed were as easy to access.
This is a good app for those who may be facing hard times or when disaster strikes. It goes a long way to providing people with information so they don't have to go searching for.
Would REALLY be better if it allowed one to use the Google map function to provide directions to the shelters. Even being able to just cut & paste the address would be an improvement, but it is a free app, just needs tweaking a bit to make it more user friendly.
This helped me during hurricane irene!
What a cool app. Tells you which shelters are open & puts them on google maps to help you find them. I wish it listed whether or not they were medical or pet friendly but still an awesome app!
I agree with the last poster. Thank goodness for this app. I just heard about this from the President of The American Red Cross. I also heard something about being able to text to donate. Check on that. Everyone be safe! Great app!
Thank goodness for this app. Up here in Philadelphia we are getting ready for Hurricane Irene to come right over us and this app will help so much if we have to leave our home.
This is an exceptional App - I literally use it every day. Keep up the good work. My only critique is that sometimes the information about the shelters is unclear such as the numbers and the reason for the emergency. Nevertheless, even when it's bad it's good.
This app is simple yet functional. It provides crucial emergency response information for the entire United States. It's a great thing to have even though I do not need an emergency shelter today. But if some crazy natural disaster happens on my street and my iPhone is full of juice, at least I will know which YMCA to go to. Thank you Red Cross.
You only need to know 4 things about this app: Yes, it's official; Yes, it's free; Yes, it's good, and Yes, you need to install it on your phone *now* (before disaster strikes!)
Shows only 5 shelters in all of the US. That's pointless.
So in a disaster I should go to West Virginia?
Won't go past set up screens without crashing.
I saw a commercial regarding This app and thought it would be very helpful and life saving So I downloaded and launched this app on my new IPhone. However, the State of Mississippi shows up with only 1 shelter no matter which State you choose to access Not helpful.
This app represents a great idea, too bad it doesn't work! I'm using a third generation iPad and iOS 5.1.1 (latest version at this writing). The app downloaded and installed without difficulty, but when I attempt to launch it, it displays a message that says "Loading Shelters" and then goes into an endless loop! Publishing a bad app is always poor form, but in this case it goes far beyond that. ARC has put their name on it and their reputation behind it. Many people will download it and not test it until the time of need. When it fails to launch... ARC deserves the strongest condemnation for failing to adequately test their app and for potentially putting the public at risk. They should pull it from the App Store immediately and get it right before publishing it again. Don't waste time downloading it until they publish a new version, and even then be sure to test it thoroughly on your device before you depend on it.
Shelters listed in LA were from 2008 for Gustav & Ike. This would be a great tool but the information needs to be current. Correct information in time of disaster is crucial!!!
This app needs to be more functional and interactive so that people have the ability to donate to different causes, disasters, and charities. This app also needs to list local, state, country, and international volunteer jobs! It would have been nice to have been able to find out fast and easy, as to how one can donate their time and/or money to the tornado victims or the tsunami victims in Japan and elsewhere, and many, many other opportunities to help and give!!! Isn't that part of what people should expect from this app!!! App definitely needs some improvement Add these features and abilities for 5 stars
This app will put great, useful information in the hands of the public during times of disaster!
During a disaster, apps will be the way people obtain information about shelter, food, and emergency assistance. This one helps you quickly find a safe place to stay if you need it. Great job, Red Cross. Give us more!
If you are responding to disasters or just need to find a Red Cross shelter, get this free app. It's great.
Amazing FIRST Red Cross app for the country.
Surely it will be nice it is of red cross!!!
Very cool app....works great
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