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Jun 18, 2015

Healthy Living: Emergency Apps by Red Cross

With the hurricane season upon us, the Belize Red Cross has released two new emergency apps that are tailored to meet the needs of the country. The first app basically provides first aid information in instances of health related emergencies. The second app provides expert advice on what to do in case of disasters such as floods and hurricanes. They are user friendly and can be downloaded on your cell phones free of cost.  In Healthy Living this week, we look at the apps that will change the way we deal with emergencies.

 

Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

Let’s face it. These days, our phones have become the command center for our lives. Phone calls, text messages, social media, email, calendar, reminders, alarm clocks and whatever else your latest app can do.  Add to that list, responding to emergencies, with a new app courtesy of the Belize Red Cross.

 

Terence Woodeye, Field Officer, Belize Red Cross

“We are one of the four participating countries. These countries include Guyana, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Belize. This is one of the things that Red Cross has known to be doing but we went a little bit further and said how can we really reach out to more people and this is how the app came up.”

 

Terence Woodeye is a Field Officer for the Resilience in the Americas program or RITA at the Belize Red Cross and also an instructor trainer for first aid and CPR.

 

Terence Woodeye

Terence Woodeye

“When we talking about down-time, even before the hurricane season, we’d go in and do different sessions about hurricane preparedness. Sometimes the community would call us, but because we are working in these communities and talk to them about how to be better prepared, what information you need to know; when you go to the shelter, what are the items you need to take and overall being prepared for any disaster. We are not only talking about hurricane and flooding, but disaster can be someone getting a cut in the community, a major cut and we prepare them to assist in their community on how to render aid to that person.”

 

Typically, the Belize Red Cross reaches out to community’s through trainings, which required trainers traveling into different areas or people coming to get trained at the Belize Red Cross. But they want the information on how to handle emergencies and how to be prepared to be accessible to all. So, with the use of today’s technology, they’re put it all in an app. The two apps that have been created are the Belize Red Cross First Aid App and the Multi Hazard App. Both are catered to the specific needs of our country.

 

Terence Woodeye

“The first-aid app speaks to rendering first aid. What the first-aid app does it gives you confidence by going through the app when there is a disaster of any kind in your community or anywhere you are. It gives you that confidence that you can go through the app so you familiarize yourself on how to act and your are not nervous.”

 

The First Aid App by Belize Red Cross includes instructional videos and diagrams as an added teaching aid. It also incorporates quizzes to test what you’ve learned. Though you don’t need to be certified to use the app as it only guides non trained person on how to manage emergencies.

 

Terence Woodeye

“It is user-friendly for kids, it has videos, it has questions and answers and it is very clear step by step on what to do step by step in an emergency. The multi-hazard app and this app just came out before the hurricane season and what is does is mainly speak about flooding, hurricane preparedness…what you need to know before the hurricane season. So it gives you a refresher of items you need to get ready before the season opens. One of the best features that I love about this app is the alerts that you get directly on your device.”

 

The Belize Red Cross First Aid app and the multi hazard app are available to both android and apple users and are both free.

 

Terence Woodeye

“It’s not just another app. You know we have all types of apps but it is just not another app. It is an app that can save a life and that could be of your family or friend. So it is very handy to have this app on your phone.”

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