The Red Cross is hoping a free hurricane app for iPhone and Android will help save lives.
Once you download the app from your phone's app store, you have access to information on current weather conditions, nearby shelters, and information on how to plan ahead for an impending storm.
The app even has a built-in flashlight, and if a bad storm does hit your area, you can hit the "I'm Safe" button. By clicking it, the app sends notifications through your Facebook and Twitter accounts to let everyone know, you're OK.
Christina Singh with Central Virginia Red Cross said, "You want to make sure that everyone's OK and you want to do as much as possible to make sure everybody's OK, so this sort of speeds up the process. It's amazing what technology can do these days."
The Red Cross obviously encourages anyone to download the app, but they say nothing beats in-person first aid and CPR training to get ready when disaster strikes. The app itself has information on how to get that training from the Red Cross.
Derick Waller joined the NBC 29 news team in August, 2010. Prior to this, Derick graduated with degrees in both broadcast journalism and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story