It's been a couple of weeks since I first wrote about some storm warning apps people can use to mitigate natural disasters, and people are still dealing with the effects of the severe weather that is causing the Mississippi River to flood Southern states from Arkansas to Louisiana. And this storm season is just beginning.
For those on the iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) who would like to give the iMapWeather Radio app a try, tomorrow is your lucky day. Weather Decision Technologies, maker of the weather warning app, is offering the first 100,000 downloads for free on iTunes on May 19 only, which means 100,000 of you will save $9.99 each.
The app provides an early warning to help individuals and families seek safety, even in the middle of the night, or when the power goes out, according to its press release. Once installed, the app automatically broadcasts location-sensitive, multimedia (alarm, audio, video and text) weather information to mobile devices, along with the following features:
- Precise Alerts: With the iMapWeather Radio app, users only get an alert if their device or saved locations fall inside a watch/warning polygon, reducing false alarms.
- Follow Me: When on-the-go, users automatically receive an alert if they move into an area under a watch/warning.
- Friends and Family: With iMapWeather Radio, users can pinpoint up to five locations for the app to follow. This allows the user to ensure that their friends and family, whether at school, out of state, at a ballgame are safe as well.
- Battery Life: The application is designed to conserve your battery life even while using GPS.
- Audio: iMapWeather Radio provides audio alerts in the form of beeps followed by a brief description of the alert type – 24 hours a day.
- Video: In markets where local media partners participate, users can get live video of severe weather coverage.