HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Folks with the American Red Cross in South Mississippi are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best when it comes to Hurricane Isaac. Staff and volunteers have been monitoring the storm, which is expected to make landfall in a few days, somewhere between New Orleans and the Florida Gulf Coast.
They are also gearing up to help storm victims, no matter where Isaac strikes.
Meantime, the American Red Cross has just launched a new, free hurricane app for smart phones. It has weather alerts and other features to help you before and after a hurricane.
"There are different tests you can take to see exactly how prepared you are," said Jay Huffstatler, South Mississippi Chapter executive for the American Red Cross. "You get badges, you can share them with your social media sites...Facebook, Twitter and those types of things. You can also get alerts of where the storm is headed, so that you'll know the exact information, what's happening, real time, so that you can make sure you are prepared in the event that something does affect South Mississippi," Huffstatler said.
Also recently, the Red Cross released a free first aid app, which has had nearly 600,000 downloads in the last six weeks.