10 Apps you should download this Hurricane season

10 Apps you should download this Hurricane season

We all know to follow the news and weather-related websites to keep track of the weather, but I learned of apps that you can download to your cell phone in addition to the ones I listed in my latest blog about hurricanes.

Here’s a list of apps and websites that may help you during this hurricane season and weather tracking overall.

  1.  FEMA App: provides timely alerts and useful information to help you and your loved ones stay safe before, during and after disasters. You can receive fast and reliable notifications about severe weather for up to five locations nationwide. This simple and easy-to-use resource also provides safety information, emergency preparedness tips, and disaster assistance.  https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app
  2. Zello App: Turn your phone or tablet into a walkie talkie with this lightning fast free PTT (Push To Talk) radio app. Talk to your contacts privately or join public channels to engage in a hot debate. http://zello.com/ptt
  3. American Red Cross App: Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do. mobile@redcross.org
  4. CrowdSource Rescue is an organization that helps empowers neighbors to help neighbors, via use of mapping, tracking, and rescue technology. https://crowdsourcerescue.com
  5. The Weather Channel Website & App: Track Hurricane Florence with Storm Radar: your NOAA forecast, weather radar and hurricane tracker. Stay safe and informed through rain and severe weather using 8 hour past to future radar. Get ready for storm season with live wind speed and tornado updates from The Weather Channel. weather.com
  6. Harmany App: Helps connect people who either need to find or want to provide temporary shelter to others when it’s needed during emergency and evacuation events. Airbnb has a free option for those in need of shelter., You will need a verified Airbnb account or log into their current account. From there, guests located in the affected area may view $0 listings by clicking “Find shelter” on a disaster-response page. Please note, any reservation reported to have been made by a non-evacuee will be canceled and guests must leave the listing immediately.  Join the community of 500+ hosts who have opened their homes to evacuees for free.
  7. GasBuddy connects drivers to their Perfect Pit Stop™, and serves the full lifecycle of being on the road. It starts with GasBuddy’s database of more than 150,000 gas station convenience stores, including real-time fuel price information, station locations and offerings, along with ratings and reviews. GasBuddy’s payments service, Pay with GasBuddy, entitles drivers to save on every gallon of gas they pump. https://www.gasbuddy.com/
  8. Waze App: Always know what’s happening on the road with Waze. Even if you know the way, Waze tells you about traffic, construction, police, crashes, and more in real-time. If traffic is bad on your route, Waze will change it to save you time. https://www.waze.com/
  9. WeatherBug: the best free weather app, powered by the world’s largest network of professional weather stations, providing the fastest weather alerts, real-time weather conditions, accurate hourly forecasts & 10-day forecasts, 18 weather maps including Doppler radar, satellite, lightning alerts, precipitation, local temperature, local pressure, local radar, wind chill, heat index, humid, wind, pollen, UV and much more! http://knowbefore.weatherbug.com
  10. TextNow: Free text + calls You can send as many text messages as you want to US & Canada – FREE! https://www.textnow.com/


*Sources: MSN, FEMA, Googlehurricane-kit-17hurricane-preparednesth6F2X125HuntitledwthLJCKXQSH

Nola Chic

Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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