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The American Red Cross has a new earthquake app to help you stay informed

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Quincy, IL (WGEM)--Living in the Midwest, most of us are familiar with the dangers of severe weather. But what about earthquakes? Now you can use technology to get your family prepared.

A major seismic zone is located just to our south along the New Madrid Fault and if an earthquake hits your cell phone could be your lifeline.

An alarm to help emergency crews find you is just one of the features of the new Earthquake App launched by the Red Cross. This app can be used to help families know what to do before *and* after an earthquake.

Pan Shaffer, with the Adams county American Red Cross, says because cell phones and social media is a growing trend it helps them aid others better.

"Everything is much much quicker and on a larger scale too. It just helps the American Red Cross get our word out about preparedness and then our response as well," said Shaffer.

The Red Cross believes technology can get people the help they need in a disaster.

"And one statistic shows that after someone has said that they need help if they're on social media that they expect to be serviced or be helped within a matter of three hours," said Shaffer.

Other features this app comes with is a map to show the impacted areas, information on the strength of an earthquake, listings of open red cross shelters, and much more.

The app if free to download at the Apple App Store for iPhones and the Google Play Store for Android phones.

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