Hurricane Sandy: apps and tips

Hurricane Sandy: apps and tips
Hurricane Sandy is approaching the north-eastern U.S. shores threatening to hit states from Virginia to the south up to Massachusetts in the north, and storm its way into Pennsylvania before starting to die down. What makes it particularly dangerous is the fact that not only it is a category 1 hurricane, but as it heads north it will combine with a winter storm from the west. Experts have named this “perfect storm” as such conditions last occurred in New England nearly thirty years ago.

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!

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10 Comments

1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

best to have an android or you will get lost with apple maps..

8. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Actually, Apple is so genius they foresaw how the world will look like after this and adjusted Maps from the start...!

2. crapdroid666

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

this is very serious. I wouldnt risk my life by using an android app. androids will lag and crash. use ios or blackberry or windows phone.

3. mrbtree98

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

atleast we have a working maps application

4. crapdroid666

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

if people do not have a flagship android it will crash and lag. even galaxy s2 lagged and crashed while playing fruit ninja fast enough

6. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

My Motorola Photon isn't really a flagship phone and it doesn't have lag or crash issues. You don't know what the f**k your talking about and should just keep your mouth shut and hands off the keyboard.

9. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Like you said, this is a very serious threat and I think any added assistance for "Any" device is a must. You need to back off the cheerleading of the iproduct for a moment and focus on the nature of the current event. John B.

10. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

well said John B.

5. mrbtree98

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

my "retired" lg optimus black begs to differ. it ran apps like dead trigger, fruit ninja and frontline commando fine with barely a hint of lag at all. my one x of course eats it to shreds but ios crashes more often than android, you just don't see it because you get ejected straight back to your app drawer.

7. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

NO love for android sad:(

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