RENO - The American Red Cross has announced its new Flood App.

This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings.

Other features of the app include:

One-touch "I'm safe" messaging that allows users to send a message letting family and friends know that they are out of harm's way;

Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;

Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm to let others know where you are;

Locations of open Red Cross shelters;

Real-time recovery resources for returning home and cleaning up; and

Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

The new Red Cross Flood App is being released during National Flood Safety Awareness Week, which runs from March 16-22.

The Flood App, along with the others, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to