Hurricane survival apps to keep you safe from the storm

Hurricane survival apps to keep you safe from the storm

Summary: Here's what you can do after you hear all the chatter about a hurricane that's rapidly approaching.


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  • Hear all those dire warnings and doomsday scenerio from the weather experts on TV when a hurricane is about to strike? What happens when the power is out or it's time for a commercial? Now you can take matters literally into your own hands and do the tracking yourself.

    Jason Perlow's story has many more details and other options for you in an emergency.

    The NOAA National Hurricane Center Website is the central source of data that just about every other application listed in this article uses as a data source. This is the one you should have bookmarked on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or other smartphone device.

    The NHC website contains a massive wealth of up-to-date information. You can track and monitor the progress of every single storm in the Eastern Pacific and the Atlantic, read various types of graphical computer models and watch animated satellite and radar maps.

  • The SSEC’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) TROPIC web site, which you can access on any PC or tablet. Jim likes this site because frequently he is using only 3G service and he is able to access a large amount of data quickly without a large download payload.

    Like NOAA, TROPIC has a huge wealth of information and you want to make sure your browser has pop up blocking disabled, otherwise you will not be able to click on any of the links which spawn new tabs or new browser windows.

  • The SSEC’s Geostationary Satellite Images site, which shows high-resolution animated satellite images from several different weather satellites in Flash or Javascript, depending on what type of device you are using.

Topic: iPad


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Hurricane software

    I've used Hurricane Software's tools for many, many years. I find it to be very well done, and quite timely. I now also have their iOS version. I'm not sure which I would use otherwise; I simply don't have the urge to replace their stuff.
  • You do't need an app

    Just stay away from the GOP Convention center. God's pissed at the GOP and most of the damage from this storm is going to be limited to the general vicinity of the convention.