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Hurricane Irma is currently blasting Florida. We’re not even two weeks out from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The Southern United States in general is having a rough time. There are a bunch of apps that could help others. However, there are a few that have risen to the top of that list. Here are the best apps for helping during a hurricane.


FEMA

Price: Free
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The FEMA app is fairly decent for upcoming disasters. The app alerts you when new things are happening. You can also upload photos to help with FEMA's disaster report. Additionally, the app can help organize an emergency kit, rendezvous points in case of separation, and other emergency things. We only recommend downloading an app like this if you are in the direct path of something nasty. The app will otherwise alert your constantly with stuff that doesn't apply to you.
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Google Maps

Price: Free
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Google Maps is an essential resource for disasters. It provides directions out of the path in case of an evacuation. It can also help find alternate routes if the highways are clogged up. It also has a long list of local businesses, shelters, police and fire departments, sheriff's offices, and other resources that can help. That includes location, directions, phone numbers, hours of operation, and more. Communication is important during emergencies. Google Maps can help.
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Google Maps

The Weather Channel apps

Price: Free
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The Weather Channel is a great resource for weather info. The main app does the weather basics like forecast, temperature, radar, and other stuff. It also has weather news. Hurricanes are usually the headlines when they're around. It's a good spot for in-depth analysis and predictions about whatever hurricane is happening. There is also a second app specifically for hurricane tracking. It has a radar specifically for storm tracking along with other information. Both apps are completely free to download and use. Hit the download button to check out both.
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Zello PTT Walkie Talkie

Price: Free
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Zello Walkie Talkie made a big splash during Hurricane Harvey. A lot of rescue crews used it to communicated with one another and with disaster victims. Many major blogs and sites wrote about it. That only helped balloon the app's popularity. We'll pile on that. When it comes to communication, it helps when everyone's on the same page. The app supports push-to-talk and works great as a walkie talkie. It also supports chatrooms with up to 2,500 participants. It's also completely free with no in-app purchases.
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Zello PTT Walkie Talkie

Your local news app and radio station

Price: Free
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Keeping yourself informed is very important during emergencies. National news outlets aren't going to have the level of detail and frequency of updates as your local news will (most of the time). Local radio, TV, and news apps should have up to date weather updates, evacuation details, shelter information, and more. We have a list of radio apps just below this box. That way you can listen on your phone. You have to search Google Play for your local news app.
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Your local news app and radio station

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Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!