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Students Create Red Cross App

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The total devastation from tornadoes in places like Washington, Illinois and Parkersburg, Iowa is sad to see, but an incredible idea is growing out of the rubble.

Students at Immaculate Conception Don Bosco High School felt horrible about all the people who lost everything, from social security cards to prescription information and bank account numbers. While they might not be able to rebuild the victims houses or calm their fears, for the rest they thought, 'there should be an app for that."

Sean McFadden and his classmates developed SafeDocs. Its a simple but brilliant idea to store all essential information, electronically, in one safe place like the Cloud.

"You could go into one of the red cross recovery centers and they could kinda hook you up and find all of your personal information that would be on the app and give it to you."

Fellow app developer Emma Bailey says it took a split second for the kids to decide that if they could do something to help people they wanted to use all their energy to make it happen. She says the possibilities are actually endless.

"Not only can it be used in a natural disaster when you lose all your documents it can also be used like if you go overseas and lose your passports or drivers license."

On Tuesday SafeDocs took a giant leap as the teens presented their idea to a dozen county disaster managers meeting in Cedar Rapids. Iowa Disaster Resource Council President Rick Wulfekuhl says hes very impressed by the work the kids have done. He says when a disaster happens information is critical to helping victims  recover.

"Getting data, getting information, getting people registered. I think this is huge. This is our future generation, its what theyre going to be working with."

Eighth grader Sean McFadden  says he really had his doubts in the beginning, but now the app idea is really taking off.

"I didnt think it was gonna get very far, but it turns out that its going pretty big,  it's very exciting to know how big it's become and how big it might get to be."

The student/app developers say they researched what they need for security encryption and servers and all the other high tech aspects, now the next step is funding and finally using SafeDocs to help people get their lives back.
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