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Happy New Year!

The magic of technology is not just for socially connecting.
Sending texts, emails and photos can have tremendous value in case of emergencies.
No matter where we live, bad weather can hit and take a toll. To help you be prepared for unexpected emergencies and pending bad weather, here are a few apps you might consider downloading onto your smartphone.
01 Hurricane Track
Hurricane Track for iOS
Live radar animations, local satillites, local forecasts and hazards, future projected paths and potential cloud formations.
02 NOAA Now
NOAA Now
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides the latest information on severe weather, including hurricanes and mainland storms, and satellite views of the United States, Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
03 Stop Disaster
StopDisaster ($1.99)
Prepare for 16 different types of disasters with auto-generated shopping lists to get an emergency relief kit together, countdown timers to alert you to food, documents and medicine expirations, as well as top need-to-know pointers.
04 Ultra Flashlight
Ultra Flashlight ($9.99)
This app offers strobe, siren and alarm sound effects, a battery gauge and SOS signal support for emergency situations.
05 Pocket First Aid & CPR
Pocket First Aid and CPR ($1.99)
This app from the American Heart Association could be of help when treating people who have sustained injury during a disaster event, and provides 34 videos and 46 high-resolution illustrations.
06 Emergency Radio (Police Scanner)
Emergency Radio Police Scanner
Tap into live feeds for police, fire, EMS, railroad, air traffic, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather, the Coast Guard and many more, with an advanced map view to find feeds and built-in scanner codes.
07 wikiHow DIY Survival Kit
wikiHow: DIY Survival Kit (Free)
Need help in a hurry? This do-it-yourself (DIY) survival kit covers almost anything you could think of with 140,000 articles, including info on escapes and rescues and extreme scenarios, like how to land a plane in an emergency.
 08 Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
Full weather maps, radar maps, detailed weather forecasts and weather notifications and alerts.
09 Hurricane by American Red Cross
Hurricane by American Red Cross
Stay abreast of weather conditions.
Get realtime storm alerts.
Find your nearest shelter.
I’m Safe Alert
(Other apps by American Red Cross First Aid, Earthquake, Wildfires)
10 FEMA
FEMA
Disaster preparedness information for different types of disasters. An interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations and Shelters.
Keep your phone charged.
Carry an adapter or a portable battery charger with you.
Conserve battery life. Put your smartphone to sleep when not in use. Turn off background running apps that you are not using. Turn down the screen brightness.
While you can’t be prepared for everything, every little bit helps.
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