Hurricane Sandy Apps: Get Key Disaster Info and Track the Hurricane in Your Area

If you've got a smart phone, you might want to download some of these apps to keep you informed on Hurricane Sandy and get alerts from local and national government. 

Here's a good list from ABC News:


Apps for tracking the storm

The following apps will help you keep track of the storm.

Weather Channel (Free; Apple App Store and Google Play Android)
This is one of the best free options. The Weather Channel has full customizable weather maps, animated radar maps, detailed forecasts, alerts, and a notification bar with the current temperature and severe water alert indicators.

Hurricane HD (Apple App Store; $2.99)
This one is going to cost more, but has richer graphics and detail. The app for the iPhone and iPad lets you track the storm with a moving radar and satellite imagery from the National Hurricane Center. It also provides a news and video feed to keep up to date. If you're up for some history, there is a Historic Storm Library with a calendar view of past storms with details and a map view that lets you follow the path of past storms.

Dark Sky ($3.99; Apple App Store)
For a dollar more than Hurricane HD, you get an even better looking app that is focused on giving you a timeline of the weather forecast. The app is full of animations, but shines in giving you minute by minute information about the storm. Drag your finger on the timeline on the bottom of the app and it will show you forecast details but it also will show you the storm's whereabouts on the map.

National Hurricane Center website
In addition to all of those, you can visit the National Hurricane Center's website at through your phone or tablet's browser to track the storm.

Apps for Disaster Information

FEMA (Free; Google Play Android, Apple App Store, BlackBerry)
FEMA's apps for different platforms provide weather information, but really shine when it comes to disaster preparedness information. The app contains a checklist for your emergency kit and a page on what to do during a hurricane, including tips like "take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level."

Hurricane American Red Cross (Free; Google Play Android, Apple App Store)
The official Red Cross app has information on the storm, but also information about open shelters. The app also has an "I'm Safe" alert for Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail so you can tell your friends and family you are OK.

You can also follow key accounts on Twitter and Facebook to track the storm, including @RedCross, @FEMA, @twc_hurricane, and ABC News' own @ginger_zee. Additionally, ABC News' iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8 apps will have the latest news on the storm. Lastly, there's ABC's Storm tracker tool. 


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