When in doubt, pull out your smartphone -- particularity when it comes to impending weather events.
Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the New York City area, meaning it might be time to start downloading a few apps via your smartphone or tablet computer to help track and prepare for the impending event. So charge up those mobiles and cross your fingers that cellular networks stay up during the storm!
In the slideshow below, we’ve complied a list of apps offering the latest reports on Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction and offering tips on how to prepare for the megastorm. From free downloads to more expensive purchases, one of these suggestions should capture your attention and hopefully keep you well-informed.
If apps aren’t your style, or you’re just looking for quick updates online, check out The Huffington Post's coverage of the event (here), and check out the best tweeters to follow to stay informed. Then tell us your favorite storm tracker apps in the comments section, or tweet us at [@HuffPostTech].
<a href="http://techland.time.com/2012/08/27/6-apps-for-tracking-hurricane-isaac-with-your-tablet-or-smartphone/">TechLand touts this app</a> as one great way for Android users to watch approaching hurricanes via Google maps. (<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stkiconcepts.hurricaneHound.free&feature=more_from_developer">Free with ads</a> for Android, or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stkiconcepts.hurricaneHound&hl=en">$1.99 without ads</a>).
<a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/mobile/08/26/hurricane.apps.web/">CNN</a> thinks iPad users will find Hurricane HD useful in times of distress. The app includes a reliable interactive tracking map, as well as details of the storm's development. (<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hurricane-hd/id363451838?mt=8">iOS</a>, $3.99.)
Hurricane By American Red Cross
With this app, you'll be able to monitor any approaching storm with maps and information, as well as be able to access the American Red Cross' database of nearby shelters. (Free for both <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hurricane-by-american-red/id545689128?mt=8">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.arc.hfa&hl=en">Android</a>.)
When you find a hurricane blowing your way, download this highly-rated app for maps, audio feed, Twitter updates a more. (<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hurricane-tracker/id327193945?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2">iOS</a>, $2.99.)
Your Insurance Company's App
Having your insurance company's information handy could help you quickly make a claim after the storm. Some firms such as <a href="https://www.usaa.com/inet/pages/mobile_access_methods_mobileapps">USAA</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/mobile/insurance-go.aspx">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.geico.com/about/mobile-apps/">Geico</a> and <a href="http://www.statefarm.com/mobile/iphone/pocketagent.asp">State Farm</a> all have apps available.
iMap Weather Radio
If you prefer listening to what is happening near your home, this app broadcasts local radio weather news updates. It also sends text and voice alerts, in the event of life-threatening weather. While iMap Weather can be really useful to those in the heart of any impending storm, it will cost you a little more than some of the other apps on this list. (<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id413511993?mt=8">iOS</a>, $9.99. <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wdtinc.android.mwr&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS53ZHRpbmMuYW5kcm9pZC5td3IiXQ..">Android</a>, $9.99.)
The Weather Channel App
The slick app offers interactive weather maps as well as severe weather alerts and forecasts from a well-known source. (Free on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-weather-channel/id295646461?mt=8">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weather.Weather&hl=en">Android</a>).
NOAA Radar US
View radar from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration for the latest storm updates with this app. (<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id415411639?mt=8">iOS</a>, $1.99.)
Check out the ever-reliable AccuWeather app, which lets you add multiple cities for local weather updates and access to forecasts, bulletins, maps and more. (Free for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id300048137?mt=8">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accuweather.android&hl=en">Android</a>.)
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