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Red Cross launches flood app

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The American Red Cross launched an app Monday to raise awareness about the dangers of flooding and notify those living in low-lying areas about flash-flooding.

The free app, which can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices, can give real-time alerts to flood-prone areas.

"Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and people can use the Red Cross app to create emergency plans so all household members know what to do if flooding threatens," said Linda Carbone, CEO of Florida's West Coast Region and the Tampa Bay Chapter.

The app shows users how to plan for flooding, what to do during, and how to return home and safely cleanup after.

"The audible alerts in the app can save lives, even when users are away from a radio or TV," Carbone said.

Monday's launch is part of the National Flood Safety Awareness week, which runs from March 16 through 22.

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