Hurricane Sandy is in our midst here on the East Coast. People are panicking, running into Wal-Mart buying all the flashlights, lamp oil and D batteries, not to mention all the bread and milk. There is a reason to be concerned because this hurricane is supposed to be one of the worst. However, it is not the end of the world. There may be flooding outside your home or apartment, but for the most part, have faith that everything will be okay.
I do suppose most of those people who bought all the flashlights Wal-Mart carried did not have a smartphone with flashlight capability. Being an owner of a smartphone, I easily have a powerful flashlight app on my phone. For those of you with modern smartphones, I highly recommend downloading a flashlight app if you have not already done so. The one on my iPhone is quite powerful and lights up a big portion of a room in the dark. This is going to be extremely helpful if the power goes out and you need to maneuver your way through your house and read a book or something to pass time until the power comes back on.
Another thing I highly recommend is using your smartphone less often than you usually do right now as we await Hurricane Sandy. The power may not be out for hours or days, but it is always best to be prepared. So, use your laptop for Facebook and the news if you are not required to go outside and into work or something very important. Just use your laptop right now for anything you usually do on your phone that you can also do on your laptop, besides texting.
Also, you should keep your phone charged before the storm hits. Me, I’m planning to charge my phone each time it drops below 70-80 percent, just to be on the safe side. Also tonight, I am making sure that my phone is at 100 percent charge before I go to sleep. Because during this storm, your phone is really important.
Until the storm affects cell phone towers, The Weather Channel app is very useful in keeping up to date with the latest alerts for your area and it is always important to keep in touch with loved ones to make sure everyone is staying safe. Another helpful app before and during the hurricane is Hurricane by American Red Cross, or a similar hurricane app. This app will give you the latest hurricane alerts for your area, along with helpful information in regards to what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
Below is a news clip I found on YouTube that details some helpful Hurricane and severe weather apps.
- Hurricane Sandy: 7 apps to see you through (washingtonpost.com)
- Video: Final preparations for Hurricane Sandy (cbsnews.com)
- 5 Emergency Apps to Download Before Hurricane Sandy Hits [VIDEO] (mashable.com)