Hunker in your bunker folks, because once again tornado season is here and hurricane season is on its way. There are definitely going to be storms a-brewin’ this summer whether you’re inland or on the coast. But, never fear, RadioShack is here to help you ride the storms out. We have all the batteries, solar chargers and weather radios to keep you informed and safe, but we also like to keep you up to date on all the great weather preparedness apps for smartphones and tablets. In addition to the ones we shared last storm season, here are five more great weather preparedness apps to take your mobile device from entertainment mode to survival mode.
iMap Weather Radio
Let’s face it, when the time comes to head into an interior room or get into the bathtub and put a mattress on top of you, you can’t really take the TV along with you. iMap Weather Radio keeps the news and warnings coming via audio alerts and video updates in areas where local media partners participate. The “Follow Me” feature will also use your location when you’re on the move and update as you find a safe place to take shelter.
We all remember a few choice tips for what to do in certain disasters: stand in a doorway during earthquakes, don’t stand in open fields in a lightning storm, etc. But, what do you do with your dog during a tornado? What do you need to outlast a blizzard? Stop Disaster helps you get organized and prepare for 16 different scenarios, from fires to floods to snowstorms. Each scenario has a list of supplies you’ll need, valuable documents to keep track of and extra safety tips for caring for pets, children and the elderly.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop emergency app, the FEMA app is the one for you. Like Stop Disaster, it contains tips for different weather and disaster scenarios and an interactive checklist for emergency kits. Where this app excels is all the information it contains about AFTER the storm has passed. Learn how to recover after a disaster and find a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center location near you with the handy map feature. If the storm has mercifully passed you over, you can even get information on how to volunteer or donate to help those who were less fortunate.
NOAA Hi-Def Radar
There are quite a few apps that have weather radars, but few that look this good or have this many features. You can track storms pixel by pixel, with super-sharp images even on non hi-def screens. Watching on a new iPad screen may require an umbrella. As for features, this is the only radar app that allows you to customize the loop speed and the interval between the frames so it at least FEELS like you’re slowing down the ominous cloud mass heading your way.
The one drawback that most weather preparedness apps have is that they focus entirely on the meteorological. What’s one to do in the face of an earthquake, Godzilla attack or zombie apocalypse? Nixle lets you receive information from local municipal agencies like the police and fire departments, which will alert you about ANY emergency situations in your area, not just weather-related crises. You can also subscribe to multiple areas to keep an eye out for loved ones and to find a haven where the zombie virus hasn’t reached yet.
These are the kind of apps we hope you don’t have to use very often, but it always pays to be ready. Got any other storm or disaster-readiness apps we didn’t mention? Leave us a comment and let us know.