Hurricane Irene Apps

Isn’t it interesting how apps have pretty much dominated how we live nowadays? Unless you have been living under a rock for the past five years, you know that there is an app for everything. Want to get in better shape? Want to find a restaurant nearby and see what the entrees look like? Want to prevent getting a speeding ticket? Want to buy shoes at rock
bottom prices? Want to repel mosquitos?

Get the app for that.

As the media reports that Hurricane Irene will wreak havoc along the East Coast—being one of the largest storm systems we have seen in a long time, we need some serious weather apps.

While many of us are tracking the storm on the internet with sites such as NY
, an app from the Weather Channel is a must for those in the path of the storm (or those who have friends or relatives there).

People living in the East Coast cities will want to get a traffic app such as Inrix which could help with the evacuation process.

The Disaster App

One day, a programmer in California felt a little quake and decided to write an iPhone app called QuakeWatch—this turned into the #1 app for the paid news app category when the Japan disaster hit the news and obviously, everything earthquake was super trending on the internet.

Since the time QuakeWatch was developed a couple of years ago, a genre of app was created called the ‘disaster app’ which does exactly what you would expect:  gives you tremendous info about nearby or potential disasters such as geological data if it’s an earthquake, or barometric pressure/precipitation data for other storm issues. You then can share your experiences on social networks and find out, very quickly, how your friends are dealing with it.

The iMap Weather Radio App sends users “critical voice” and text alerts on hazardous climate conditions. With this application installed, iPhones are able to “follow” owners and provide local forecasts.

The Red Cross has two apps for natural disaster emergencies. One of them provides shelter locations. The other application offers first aid and CPR instructions.

Another good app is Disaster Readiness ($1.99; for iPhone, Android) which is designed to help smartphone and tablet users prepare for and manage through a number of emergency situations – be it natural disasters, nuclear radiation, house fires or terrorist attacks. Sections cover checklists, shelters, supplies, evacuation procedures, electricity shortages, purifying water, and more. The developer says the app is based on a book that has more than 5 million copies in print.


Sure, you can go to the government’s site, but where’s the fun in that? If you have a smartphone, might as well use its bells and whistles and get some apps that will make your disaster experience less disastrous.

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