Mobile applications for hurricane emergencies

Hurricane Wilma, Florida 2005
NASA

On 1 August, The American Red Cross launched a free iPhone and Android application, the “Hurricane App”. It includes features such as emergency checklists, weather updates, shelter locaters and a flashlight. The Red Cross App is an addition to several Hurricane related apps that are already available. One example is the Hurricane tracker of Kitty Code, an Orlando-based app developer. The app creates push notifications and makes available satellite radar and detailed historic storm data going back to 1851. "Every app must have some sort of mapping," said Jones, one of two collaborators with Kitty Code. "A lot of them don't, but the good ones do."