Stay informed - and safe - with mobile phone alerts on Hurricane Florence

Stay informed - and safe - with mobile phone alerts on Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the East Coast of the United States at the end of this week.

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to hit the Carolinas by the end of the week.

Before the storm hits your area, take a look at several digital apps and websites you may want to refer to. The app is not ideal, but could potentially help users to contact loved ones or get more information during an emergency such as Hurricane Florence. The app provides information about the hurricane conditions in the area and the track of the storm, and it has a feature that allows users to tell others that they're safe.

You can enter a person's name along with either a phone number or an address to look for updates.

This app from the Federal Emergency Management Agency has alerts from the National Weather Service, tips for preparing for a storm, disaster resources, ways for people to help and more. GasBuddy offers live updates on fuel availability and gas station outages in states affected by Hurricane Florence.

"Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute", Waze says online.

The app also offers information about gas prices.

"Navigate to the cheapest station on your route, all powered by community-shared gas prices", it says.

Firechat is another popular communication app, and like Zello, enables walkie-talkie-style communications that don't gobble up much battery power and have built in emergency channels that people can request help from, Blacker noted.

Trending top of the list this week is the smartphone app Zello, a free push-to-talk app that works like a two-way radio. These channels can support up to 2,500 people each.

The Zello app was popular during previous storms like Irma and Maria. "However, this may not be an issue because, historically, mobile data networks have often remained at least partially operational, even after a severe disaster". This does not work without WiFi or data connection.

The listing also breaks down how the app operates.

@jaidanari Just to clarify, Zello REQUIRES Internet access via Wi-Fi or a cellular data network in order to work.

Zello turns into a walkie talkie and works anywhere in the world as long as you are connected to the internet.

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