Apps to survive a snowstorm
Your smartphone can prove a valuable tool during a weather emergency, including a snowstorm. Here are a collection of apps that should be part of your storm plan whether you're depending on an iPhone, Android or other smartphone.
PSEG - Long Island(Credit: Google Play)
Track PSEG outages and file reports on the spot. See where outages are on Long Island. The app is free for iPhone and Android users.
Weather Underground(Credit: Google Play)
The free app provides hyperlocal weather forecasts in addition to interactive radar, satellite maps and severe weather alerts. It's powered by a community of weather enthusiasts reporting live data from weather stations in their own backyards. Also includes free push notifications. Free on the iPhone and Android.
onTime: LIRR Free(Credit: iTunes)
The app shows Long Island Rail Road train schedules.
Nassau Now(Credit: iTunes)
A Nassau County government app featuring information on events, news alerts, traffic and advisories.
In case of a gas shortage, its GPS tracking will list gas stations and prices nearby.
Turns camera flash into a small but power emergency light source. Free for iPhone and Android.
The Weather Channel
Updates on weather conditions in your area. Free for iPhone and Android.
First Aid by American Red Cross
Step-by-step instructions guide users through a range of first aid scenarios, from treating everyday injuries to administering CPR. Offers video tutorials and 911 assistance for emergencies. Free for iPhone and Android.
Our app will deliver breaking news and Long Island coverage of any storm, including road closures, current conditions and power outages. Free for iPhone and Android with subscription.
Emergency Radio (Police Scanner)
Tune in to police, fire, EMS and weather radio frequencies. A good source for emergency information during power-outages. $0.99 for iPhone.
Life 360 - Family Locator(Credit: iTunes)
Displays family members' locations using their phones' GPS signals. Sends alerts to the entire family during emergencies. Free for iPhone and Android.
American Red Cross: Shelter view maps locations of shelters across the U.S. and display shelter information, including capacity and current population, allowing users to find refuge following disasters. Free for iPhone.
Red Panic Button
A one-touch distress call. Sends GPS location (complete with Google Maps links) to users' emergency contact lists via email, Twitter or text. It also has full Facebook integration. $2.99 for iPhone, free for Android.
Pet First Aid
Pet First Aid: Advice for pet owners in emergencies. Articles include instructions on treating fractures, drowning and poisoning in cats and dogs. It's 99 cents on the iPhone, $2.99 on Android.
Sends National Weather Service offers severe weather alerts for your exact location via voice and push notifications. GPS tracking keeps users constantly informed of extreme weather, even when traveling. $4.99 for iPhone and Android.
Provides local news, including local weather alerts, weather forecasts, current temperatures and storm coverage. Free to Optimum customers and subscribers that receive News 12 on Comcast, Time Warner and Service Electric cable systems.