Hurricane Watch – Tracking & Preparing For Sandy
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A major storm system is on its way, so here’s a selection of apps for iPhone and Android that will help you prepare while keeping an eye on its movements.
Hurricane by American Red Cross
This impressively organized app from the American Red Cross will guide you like a true survivor through all the unpredictable challenges that come with a severe storm. It’ll show you what’s needed before, during, and after the weather system has passed, taking you through unexpected hazards such as contaminated beaches, electrical hazards, and fires. It will turn your phone into a flashlight, strobe, and alarm if needed, plot out a plan for your family, and even create special “I’m okay” notices to share on Facebook.
You can also turn on storm alerts and take a quiz that includes a history of hurricanes for your area. Although not as common in Canada as in the tropics, there have been eleven hurricanes on record for Toronto, including Hazel which claimed 81 lives in 1954, and more recently, Juan in 2003.
First Aid by American Red Cross
This app offers simple step-by-step instructions and video guides for everyday emergencies, from broken bones and burns, to animal bites and poisons, to heart attacks and allergic reactions. Comes packed with tips and preparation guides for hurricanes and tornados plus quizzes to help you learn the needed steps in advance, rather than in the middle of an emergency.
This app offers a simple tracking map that’s easy to follow and includes all the major storms around the world in one view. You can use a slider bar to animate the storm’s path and monitor its wind speed, pressure, and distance from your current location. You’ll find satellite maps and regular video and blog updates too.
Weather nuts looking for as much information as possible will be best served by this app which includes multiple animated satellite maps, tracking maps, weather charts, audio and video broadcasts, real-time social feeds, discussion forums, and educational guides. Definitely for those who make weather their hobby.
This app uses Google Maps to display both weather and radar maps (US-based) along with forecasts, advisories, discussions, and outlooks. With the option to switch layers you can also explore previous storm movements and tracking history.
This app tracks incoming storms using high-resolution maps and satellite imagery. It includes a section for the latest warning notifications and the option to sign up for e-mail alerts.
Tips On Extending Battery Life During A Storm
- Go into the settings on your phone and turn off signals not in use such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
- Reduce the screen brightness and time-out settings
- If you’re not making calls or connecting online, turn on Airplane Mode to temporarily cut off all wireless signals. You can switch the mode off when you need to make a call.