Red Cross app vital in case of emergency

Published January 17, 2017 at 11:10

Winter hit last week with snow falling in Blackburn with Darwen and other parts of the North West. With that in mind it is always important to be prepared when bad weather hits.

The British Red Cross has produced an award-winning free mobile app that delivers real-time alerts, severe weather warnings and practical advice in an emergency.

The app sends alerts if an emergency is about to happen locally – and tells people exactly what to do when they happen. So far over 1.5 million alerts have been sent and it’s rated 4.5 out of 5 on Google Play.

Not only will the app warn about impending weather emergencies but it will also provide notification if there is a change to the terrorism threat level.

And since being prepared is half the battle, the app is packed with advice on getting ready for a host of common emergencies – such as fires, storms and power cuts.

During bad weather it is also important to look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold. Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your houses and public walkways nearby.

When indoors try to maintain temperatures to at least 18C.

For further information, visit the Met Office website and read this advice for staying safe in Winter. For all local Winter-related updates keep an eye on the BwD Winter Facebook page.

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