With hurricane/storm Sandy bearing down upon us, now might be a good time to check out what’s in our iPhone app toolkit for weather related emergencies.
Some of these are free to download, while others are modestly priced. Most will work with an iPhone, iPod or iPad.
Hurricane by American Red Cross
This free app for iPhone and iPad allows users to monitor storm conditions, make arrangements, find help and let friends and family know they are safe. Instructions on necessary preparations, precautions to take when a storm arrives and what to do after it leaves are stored right on the mobile device. A listing of open Red Cross shelters is also provided.
Flashlight for iPhone , iPod and iPad
According to its creator, this free app has been downloaded over 5 million times and is the fastest all-in-one flashlight on Apple’s App Store. This simple flashlight app is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. The flashlight features four different modes and includes a built-in compass and SOS signal.
Pocket Earth Maps Offline
Detailed interactive maps can be accessed either offline or with an internet connection using this app from GeoMagik. It covers over 100,000 places worldwide with detailed travel guides on more than 20,000 areas. Routing with driving directions and street address look-up are also available online.
SAS Survival Guide
The million copy book published by Harper Collins is now available as an app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app includes all the original text from the book plus videos, photo galleries, Morse Code signaling device, survival checklist and sun compass. Internet connection not required as all data is downloaded with the app.
This app maintains personal information for first responders in case of emergency. Users can store required medications, allergies, medical conditions and personal contact information. Inputting information is quickly accomplished by selecting from pre-defined lists, though custom entries can also be created.
Not an app, but hardware: the PowerTrekk is a mobile charger that provides instant power anytime and anywhere. Using fuel cell technology, it converts hydrogen into electricity in a safe and efficient manner. Users insert the special PowerTrekk Puck and add water to provide instant power. No handle cranking or sunshine is required for this to work.
What iPhone apps are you using to ride out Hurricane Sandy. Let us know in the comments below.