Finding shelter and tracking any storm
Recently the Hurricane Michael was one of the concerns in US as this deadly storm created a havoc in Florida, Southern Georgia and other states and an emergency situation rose to almost many of the countries as well across South and Middle Georgia.
It is not the first time that such a storm has occurred but there have been many hurricanes and wild storms in US in history. Earlier with little or no means people just depended on the government’s announcements to tackle such situations. But now with tech bouncing on nook and corner of the world and launching of so many safety and weather apps you can come to know of the latest updates and news about the coming of such storms around you. These apps make you prepare before hand of any such emergency situation so that you can find shelter at once or get any kind of help that you want.
Though no one can take full control of mother nature but surely these seven mobile apps will help you in the biggest hurricane around you .
Fema is emergency app from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is one of the most important to download. It provides National Weather Service updates, emergency and evacuee information and locations for emergency shelters. Available all free this app can be downloaded on to your Android and iOS phones. This app works in English and Spanish languages and is simple and easy-to-use app provides safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips, and disaster resources.
It can locate open emergency shelters in your area and you can check emergency safety tips for over 20 types of disasters, including fires, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, volcanoes, and more. Also help you prepare for disasters with an emergency kit checklist, emergency family plan, and reminders.
2. Hurricane by the American Red Cross
With the American Red Cross app you can locate ARC shelters, read up on information for emergency supplies and even send out an alert that will publish to Facebook, Twitter, text message and email alerting others that you are safe.
This is free app available for Android and iOS smartphones and comes in English and Spanish. Find step-by-step instructions that let you know what to do even before/during/after the storm, even if no data connectivity. Also track the path of a hurricane with their interactive storm tracker displaying where the app has been and where it’s predicted to go. You can monitor, hurricane, flood & tornado-related weather conditions in your area or those of loved-ones with various map layers and location-based notifications for the U.S. and its territories. Let friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
Though Waze is a free traffic and navigation app but it is a vital tool to use for evacuee routes, traffic updates and redirecting drivers out of areas hit by the storm, closed roads, detours and even downed power lines.
This a free app available for iPhones and Android cell phones and let you know the hazards if you are driving through the storm prone routes. Will also inform the latest police to contact and other emergency places on route to halt and take shelter.
4. NOAA Weather Radar Live
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Radar app provides realtime updates of the weather and emergency updates, so you can track exactly where the storm is, just as a meteorologist would. Here the Radar and Satellite overlays show real-time rain, snow, mixed precipitation, and cloud cover in high resolution and vivid colors and the Rain map provides rain forecast for the range of next 24 hours right on the terrain map.
All National Weather Service watches, warnings, and other alerts are shown on the map as interactive polygons covering the territories they’re active for. Tap one to get the full alert text.- Also get detailed Weather info for locations includes current conditions, 24-hour and 7-day forecasts.
Radar images are available for the United States continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Download this free app for your iPhone from here and download from here for Android cell phones.
Texas residents relied heavily on a free push-to-talk mobile app, Zello, during Hurricane Harvey that essentially works as a walkie-talkie to help get supplies to areas where they were most needed. You can download this free app on your Android and for your iPhone
With this app you can use it one-on-one with a friend, for a live group call with your family and can even replace 2-way radios at work in case of emergency. Even create a live Zello channel for your forum and hear the conversations from across the globe about the storms.
Lately Airbnb provided free lodging to qualified evacuees in the Hurricane. The mobile app can assist in selecting homes that are available during the storm. Stays for evacuees are free until Oct. 29. As this is a booking rental home app but at the time of emergency it can provide you the shelter option near you and offer other storm related news too. You can download this app for iPhone and as well as Android cell phone all free.
7. Food Finder
Food Finder is an online site that also offers its apps to the users where you can get help at once if you need free food resources quickly near you. This app automatically identifies all free food resources near any location in the US on a map, and ‘pins’ appear to identify the nearest free food sites.
All you need is to open the app and your location is automatically displayed on a map. Now tap a nearby pin to see the name of that resource and next tap the name to see all the details and information for that free food resource. Now tap the address to automatically open google maps and get directions to reach the resource from your current location and get ahead in case of any emergency situation when food is not available to you. Download this free app for iPhones as well as Android cell phone today.
There are many safety and secure tips that you can find being announced in media being Radio, TV or News paper from the government so better keep on watch on that too besides these top apps for hurricanes.