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(WBIR) The American Red Cross has launched six free mobile applications to help Spanish speakers during emergencies. The apps are available for iPhones and Android devices through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

One app is First Aid by American Red Cross and it gives expert advice for everyday emergencies. The other five apps are for disaster preparedness and give information about threats and how to stay safe during tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and flooding.

American Red Cross: Mobile Apps

Each app gives the user the ability to switch between English and Spanish.

Jessica Cueto attends Igesia Cristiana Restauracion church on Oakland Drive in northeast Knoxville. The church's congregation is made up of mostly Spanish speakers. Cueto said, "It's difficult for people who don't speak any English to find anything that's translated for them to understand."

Benjamin Prigatel with the East Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross said, "Every second counts in an emergency and by the time someone tries to explain it to someone or by the time the paramedics get there those seconds add up to minutes and those minutes really matter when it comes to saving someone's life."

According to the U. S. Census, five East Tennessee counties include a Spanish-speaking community in which more than half of them said they do not speak English well or not at all.

Here's a breakdown of the local area:

United States Census Bureau: American FactFinder

County

# speak Span., Span Creole

% Speak English less than "very well"

# Speak English less than "very well"

Knox

11,160

47.8%

5,335

Blount

2,775

37.1%

1,030

Anderson

1,246

41.8%

521

Sevier

3,410

59.4%

2,026

Jefferson

1,246

48.7%

607

Hamblen

5,341

61.0%

3258

Scott

103

0.0%

0

Campbell

417

34.1%

143

Union

169

30.8%

53

Grainger

379

41.2%

157

Cocke

693

37.8%

262

Monroe

1,173

40.5%

476

Loudon

2,817

54.8%

1544

McMinn

1,189

44.2%

526

Greene

1,744

52.7%

920

Hawkins

770

48.4%

373

Hancock

56

0.0%

0

Morgan

145

52.4%

76

Claiborne

144

17.4%

26

Roane

513

38.4%

197

Fentress

177

3.4%

7

Cumberland

1,135

38.9%

442

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