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Tracking Hurricane Irene with FEMA and other Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

Get ahead of Hurricane Irene and storm season with some watchful Android apps designed to keep you safe. With hurricanes overhead and earthquakes underfoot, there’s no telling what could happen next. Whether you’re in the middle of danger or concerned about loved ones living on the east coast, there are Android apps from FEMA, The Weather Channel and others that can alert you of oncoming danger, and help you prepare for the worst. Stay safe and in-the-know with these Android apps.

FEMA (Free)

For all things natural disasters, the FEMA app is the way to go. It can help you prepare for different types of disasters, including hurricanes and earthquakes. With an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a planner for emergency meeting locations and a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations, this app is a digital toolkit for survival. The FEMA Android app also contains information and tips on staying safe after a disaster has hit, but be certain to study this app before danger arrives, so you can be mentally and physically prepared. Even if you’re not in the middle of a disaster yourself, this app also has information on ways to help those affected.

The Weather Channel (Free)

As one of the most trusted resources for weather updates, The Weather Channel app contains animated radar data and storm tracking information so you can stay in the know. Get alerts pinpointed to locations, including one that will follow your location. There’s also integration with iWitness Weather and multiple language support, along with many map views for varied perspectives. The Weather Channel app also has an online community where you can share photos and videos, telling your own story.

Weatherbug Elite ($1.99)

The full version of Weatherbug gives you current conditions, forecasts, radar animation and alerts, for locations all around the world. You can map all sorts of weather occurences, including lightening strikes, wind speed and pressure. You’ll also see alert maps with message updates from the National Weather Service, and you can save as many locations as you want in order to track storms across the nation. Weatherbug also has a home screen widget for instant access, and weather cams to see live images from hundreds of weather cameras across the U.S.

Hurricane Hound ($1.99)

For a more specific take on weather tracking, the full version of Hurricane Hound features current radar and weather satellite overlays for its ad-free edition. Radar data is based on satellite coverage on most of the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific basins, so the app is primed to follow Hurricane Irene in all her might. You can track hurricanes on a map, along with forecasts for active hurricanes and tropical storms. From here, you can also see ongoing discussions and public advisories, along with an up-to-date U.S. radar and weather satellite data. There’s a toolbar for toggling between storms and map views, along with filters for the various maps this app contains.

Hurricane Software (Free)

Still in beta, this Android app is based on the award-winning hurricane software Tracking The Eye. This free app delivers real-time data from its satellites and NHC network, with options to view its current position, its latest path and where it’s predicted to go next. The maps in Hurricane Software are high resolution, offering you a clear view of a storm’s trajectory and satellite imagery. You can also set up alerts, read through ongoing discussions and get full warning information for various areas.

Earthquake! (Free)

Earthquake is a simple Android app that lists recent earthquakes on an interactive map, detailing patterns and areas of concern. The app maps 24 hours of quake data, keeping it well up-to-date. You can get additional details on a given quake, including magnitude, time and date. You can also set up notifications to be alerted of ongoing rumbles, and a home screen widget for easy access. There’s only so much you can do with earthquake data, as they’re difficult to predict, but the Earthquake! app seems geared for tablet users, and works well on larger screens.

Earthquake Alert! (Free)

For a global view of earthquake occurrences, this free app really comes in handy. There are a couple different views for recent quakes, with filters to hone in on a particular area, date range or magnitudes. The map view includes quake details including their magnitude, and satellite map views offer a detailed look at the natural disasters. Considering the name of the app, you can expect alerts as well, so you’ll stay informed of earthquakes and aftershocks, so you’ll always be in the know.