Apps Help Users Stay Safe During Storms

By William Moore,
Stillman Exchange Executive Editor

This past weekend, hurricane Irma slammed into the coast of Forida, endangering the lives of many living on the Florida coast. While storms like Irma and the recent Harvey are usually associated with the loss of power and the temporary suspension of technological services, a number of apps have been developed to help consumers stay safe and informed in the period before and after the storm hits.
As Fox News reports, the American Red Cross has created a Huricane App to help users “Monitor hurricane conditions in your local area, throughout the storm track, and let others know you are safe even if the power is out.” In addition, the app helps people to locate official Red Cross shelters and offers information on how to form an emergency plan or gather proper supplies.
Another app to help users prepare for the storm is the NOAA Radar US app, which allows users of the app to monitor the path of the storm as it develops and also keeps users appraised of weather forecasts, tornado, and flash flood warnings in their area.
Finally, the popular GPS app, Waze, allows users to see live updates of traffic jams and road closings in their area, allowing them to plan the best evacuation routes to stay safe.
If you or your loved ones find themselves in the path of dangerous weather conditions, there are free and vital resources available to you – stay informed and safe.

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 12th print edition.

Contact William at
william.moore1@student.shu.edu

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