News 12 at 6 o' clock/ July 12, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga.--Emergency situations can happen at any time, and the Red Cross has just come out with a tool to help you be ready for anything.
It's a new app for smart phones, and it's completely free.
Jennifer Pennington is the Executive Director of Red Cross in Augusta, and she says, "The Red Cross just came out with this amazing new app that tells you exactly what to do in a first aid emergency."
The app even has instructional videos for various scenarios, from life-threatening situations like strokes, to everyday accidents.
"Your children falling, scraping a knee, breaking a bone, all of those things are in there," Pennington says.
And, you don't have to have cell service to use the app. It downloads the information to your phone when you download the app.
"You can still access all of that bank of knowledge about the different first aid skills," Pennington says.
Jennifer says convenience and speed are the best things about this service, and in an emergency situation, every second counts.
"You can just pull out your phone, and you can very easily open up the app and right away, it's going to give you a list of different things that you can choose from," Pennington says.
In addition to first-aid instructions, the app also gives instructions for what to do if a natural disaster strikes.
"When an emergency happens, usually people panic, they don't know exactly what they need to do, and you really don't have time to say, 'let me look this up on line," she says.
And even though Red Cross officials agree, taking a class is the best way to be prepared for an emergency, they say they expect for this app to help save lives.