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If you have a smart phone, consider these phone apps that may come in handy before, during, and after the storm.

27 June 2013

Hurricane Apps

Forecasters are predicting an active storm season for 2013 – are you ready? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a 70% chance that 13 to 20 storms with wind speeds above 39 mph will form during this hurricane season.

If your to-do list for hurricane preparations seems daunting and you are not sure where to begin, visit the Learning Center on THIG.com for tips on developing a disaster plan, building a hurricane kit, and preparing your home. Our Learning Center also includes helpful information about what to do during and after a storm, and how to report a claim.

If you have a smart phone, consider these phone apps, most of which are available free of charge.

DISASTER PLAN

First things first, start out with the Insurance Information Institute's Know Your Plan app (Download at the Apple Store) that includes preloaded checklists for developing your family's disaster plan. The FEMA app (Download at the Apple Store | Download at Google Play | Download at BlackBerry World) provides disaster safety tips and maps to open shelters, plus interactive storage lists.

HOME INVENTORY

Be sure to complete your home inventory before the storm and, of course, there are apps for that. Check out Home Inventory Photo Remote (Download at the Apple Store) by Binary Formations or MyHome Pro: Home Inventory (Download at Google Play) by Access Lane.

WEATHER & SHELTER UPDATES

Using the Red Cross Hurricane Tracker (Download at the Apple Store | Download at Google Play) app's unique "I'm safe" feature, in one click users can notify family and friends via social media outlets that they are safe. The app also provides weather updates and shows locations of local Red Cross shelters.

For the latest weather updates, check out one of these options that are compatible with just about any device: Weather Bug by Earth Networks and Hurricane Tracker by EZ Apps.

FLASHLIGHT & WI-FI FINDER

When the power is out, you can never have too many flashlights. The Flashlight app (Download at the Apple Store | Download at Google Play) by iHandy combines a flashlight and compass in one. And if you need to find wi-fi hotspots until your home or office's electricity is restored, try the Boingo Wi-Finder (Download at the Apple Store | Download at Google Play) by Boingo Wireless.

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