Here are 10 apps for surviving a storm

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Having learned a hard lesson from superstorm Sandy, lots of New Yorkers are probably charging up their phones in preparation for the major storm expected to hit this weekend.

But how are they stocked for emergency apps?

Lots of nifty downloads exist to help people through disasters and emergencies. If you doubt their utility, heed the story of Dan Woolley, 42, the Internet marketing manager for Compassion International who was in the lobby of the Hotel Montana in Port Au Prince, Haiti, when the catastrophic earthquake hit on Jan. 12, 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people.

Woolley's companion was killed, leaving him trapped alone under tons of rubble with a severe leg injury and gushing blood.

He had his iPhone with him, but couldn't text or call because both cell and Internet service were dead. His iPhone contained an app called Pocket First Aid & CPR.

The "pocket doctor" guided him through the experience and helped him survive, instructing him on how to fashion a wrap for his leg and more.

God was with him during the earthquake, said Wooley, who wrote a book about his experience called "Unshaken" - but the first-aid app sure came in handy.


-- Flashlight app: Turns camera flash into a small but powerful emergency light source. Free for iPhone and Android.

-- First Aid by 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.

-- Emergency radio: Tune in to police, fire, EMS, and weather radio frequencies. A good source for emergency information during power-outages. $0.99 for iPhone.

-- Life360: Displays family members' locations using their phones' GPS signals. Sends alerts to the entire family during emergencies. Free for iPhone and Android.

-- ReUnite: Helps families reunite after disasters.
Users can upload missing persons information, or search an app database for family members. Free for iPhone.

-- American Red Cross: Shelter View: Maps the locations of shelters across the U.S. Displays 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 link) to users' emergency contact lists via email, Twitter, or text. $2.99 for iPhone, free for Android.

-- Disaster Alert: An interactive map of active hazards occurring throughout the world. Offers real-time notification of potentially hazardous incidents. Free for iPhone and Android.

-- Pet First Aid: Advice for pet owners in emergencies. Articles include instructions on treating fractures, drowning and poisoning in cats and dogs. $3.99 for iPhone, $2.99 for Android.

-- Storm Shield Weather Radio: Sends National Weather Service warnings via voice and text notifications. GPS tracking keeps users constantly informed of extreme weather, even when traveling. $4.99 for iPhone and Android.

(with Kelly Weill )


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