Exactly one year ago, Long Island was bracing for Hurricane Irene. When hurricanes bear down this year, the Red Cross is there -- with an app.

You may not associate the 131-year-old American Red Cross with cutting-edge technology, but the humanitarian organization is producing some highly rated apps for smartphones and tablets.

The organization's Hurricane app helps you monitor oncoming storms and generates a constantly updated list of shelters near you. The app's "I'm Safe" feature allows you to send messages to friends and family via social networks.

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The Red Cross also offers "First Aid," an app loaded with crucial, comprehensive and potentially lifesaving information.

Both apps are free and available for iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Android devices.