The one iOS app that you definitely want in a Hurricane

The one iOS app that you definitely want in a Hurricane

Summary: I live in New Jersey and Hurricane Sandy practically made landfall on my house. There's one iOS app that stands head and shoulders above the crowd when it comes to hurricane information and I owe my family's safety and sanity to it.

TOPICS: Apple, Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPad
The one iOS app that you definitely want in a Hurricane - Jason O'Grady

Superstorm Sandy hit the northeastern U.S. a week ago and, living in New Jersey, I found myself in the eye of the storm. In fact, my house in Northfield, NJ -- about 4 miles from the ocean -- received a direct hit from Sandy and we lost power for about four days. 

But by all accounts we got incredibly lucky. When you see the destruction Sandy caused in Atlantic City, Ocean City and Long Beach Island, we got off relatively unscathed. These aerial before and after photos of Sandy's damage in New Jersey are chilling, but seeing houses littered about like legos undescores the power of storm of Sandy's magnitude. 

Although relatively close to the ocean, we don't live on the barrier islands which were evacuated ahead of the storm's landfall. Living on the mainland, and far enough back from the marshes, we weren't required to evacuate. My backup plan was to retreat to my parent's house about 20 miles further inland if things got dicey. I gassed up our vehicles, gas cans, pulled out our generator and prepared for the worst. We slept in the downstairs den in case any of the dozen or so 80-100 foot tall oak trees on our property gave way.

In the preparation process I probably purchased a dozen of the highest rated iOS "hurricane" apps, and several are good, but there's one that stands above the rest and is the main app I recommend in a hurricane: Hurricane Tracker ($2.99 iPhone, $3.99 iPad) by EZ Apps Inc. With it I was able to follow all of the various Sandy information on one concise page. 

Other Hurricane apps showed its path or a radar or two, but each required more and more screen touches to get information. Once I loaded the main Hurricane Sandy page in Hurricane Tracker, I could easily scroll through all of the latest animations and projections. It also features instant alerts, 65+ maps and comprehensive audio and video updates. Kudos to Steve and Cindy on an amazing app. It's the only Hurricane app that you need.

Topics: Apple, Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPad

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  • It is a nice app but I did find a better one..

    Google Maps.
    They had a dedicated map with everything you could ask for including shelter info, assistance, live updates, etc....

    Hurricane Tracker is good. GMaps I can get on any device.
    • I know. I'd hate to have to trust locating a shelter via the new Apple maps

      it'll point you 2 miles out to sea, most likely...
      William Farrel
      • I'm glad you think this is all a joke...

        and feel that any opportunity to slam Apple shouldn't be wasted, but some of us who've had no power since the storm, and are not likely to have any until December, who live in a neighborhood with streets lined with ruined furniture and dumpsters full of peoples' lives, this isn't funny.
        • William Farrel Has No Shame

          He's probably working on a map joke involving Romney and poll locations right now . . .
  • Katrina, Sandy

    Why are the "real nasties" females?
  • Ummm...

    And what use is the app in a power/cell service outage? I don't understand necessarily the usefulness. A major hurricane is coming your way, you're either evacuated, lose power or come out unscathed. Maybe it's useful for hurricane watchers, but the practical uses don't seem many...
    • It's useful

      to track it to the point where it affects your area and is useful until one loses power and the charge on the phone - and if one is extremely lucky or prepared then one already has a generator to supply power to lighting, a fridge, and minor power loads such as a smartphone charger.