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What's Appening: Before the Storm

05/01/2015 09:43AM ● By Aimee Cormier

By Gail Suberbielle

 Blood Donor®

If you’re a regular blood donor or are looking to donate for the first time, the Red Cross’s Blood Donor app will help you easily find a location or blood drive and set an appointment. Built into the app are notifications for appointments, and it also features badges, achievements and rewards. Potential donors also can receive alerts when there is a blood shortage or emergency in their immediate area. Cost: Free.


As South Louisianans, we are all too familiar with natural disasters and their aftermath. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app can help users prepare for disasters as well as handle the difficulties associated with their aftermath. The app features disaster safety tips that are accessible even without wifi or a cellular signal, and a list of items to keep in an emergency kit, shelters, recovery centers and access to report a disaster. This might be the smartest app available for your smartphone. Cost: Free.