Making matters worse, Hurricane Sandy combines with full moon and this means that tidal forces will be at their strongest. It’s also a slow storm and once it hits, it will linger on for about 24 hours. It’s expected to reach the U.S. shores around Monday evening, so you still have time to prepare and we strongly advise you to do so.
Here a couple of advices for what you can do in terms of communications.
First, make sure your electronics are fully charged up. Get a spare charger, an extra battery (if your phone allows you to easily swap batteries, that’d be perfect).
Next, take a quick look at our battery life tips that should give you a hint at how to make the most use of that battery in case of a power outage. Keeping brightness as low as possible is the best thing you can do.
If you are in New York, sign up for Notify NYC. The city’s 311 system will send out text messages and voice alerts. You can also follow the system on Twitter at @NotifyNYC.
Finally, get that good old feature phone out of its hiding grounds deep in some drawer and charge it up. While you may flaunt your brand new iPhone, Android or Windows Phone to your friends, its battery simply won’t last in the worst case scenario of a longer power outage.
We have also prepared a few essential apps for you to track the hurricane straight from your phone. But most importantly - don't underestimate this storm, meteorologists are calling it unprecedented in many ways, take precautions, evacuate if you are in the danger zone and stay safe!
Hurricane Sandy: apps and tips
1. Hurricane - American Red Cross - Free
2. FEMA - Free
3. ICE: In case of emergency
Download ICE: In Case of Emergency on Android
4. Hurricane / HD - $2.99 / $3.99
5. Emergency Radio (Police Scanner)
Download Scanner Radio on Android
Download Emergency Radio Free (Police Scanner) for iOS