Quake Rattles Maine, Neighboring States

Did you feel the quake that rattled Maine tonight? My phone rang almost continuously after, friends and family calling to check and fellow Red Crossers with ideas to offer help if needed. People on the East coast aren’t used to quakes much and haven’t been prepped for them the way people on the West coast have.

ImageThe American Red Cross recently launched its Earthquake app that puts life saving info in the hands of people. It’s available free of cost on iphones and androids in English and in Spanish. It shows you the epicenter and magnitude of the quake, locations of open Red Cross shelters, preloaded content that gives you instant access to critical action steps during and after a quake, even without mobile connectivity and a one touch “I’m safe” broadcast ability to family and friends via social media outlets. Learn more about it here.

Thankfully, this was a small quake. I’ve seen some serious ones in my life, the kind that leveled large towns within minutes. I do hope nothing like that happens here but if it does, my family is ready, thanks to this app.

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