A blizzard warning has been issued for NYC and Southern NY State for the next few hours. Blizzard refers to severe snowstorm which is accompanied with strong winds at 35mph and lasts for a prolonged time period. With this warning, Americans are now preparing for any emergency situation. From stocking up essentials and food items, to installing some helpful apps in your mobile devices, the upcoming snowstorm can be spent in a more manageable way. The apps can give real-time weather updates, emergency alerts and first aid tips which will keep you updated about latest news and be prepared for any situation.
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Here are top 5 apps which can help you survive the approaching blizzard.
- First Aid
This app is available for free for Android and iOS devices. The app will give you full guides on the basic procedures of first aid. It also gives a thorough checklist on how you can get ready for weather adversities like winter storms. The Red Cross guide will be helpful for you in extreme situations.
You can also check your knowledge about how to respond to emergencies with a set of quizzes available with First Aid app. It has one-touch access to 911 and will show you the hospitals close to your location.
- Privacy Flashlight
Users of Windows Phone and Android devices don’t have inbuilt flashlight apps. They have to download an app separately to get this feature, unlike iOS users. Among numerous flashlight apps that are available in the Google Play or Windows Phone Store, Privacy Flashlight is the app to download, as it has a small size and an ad-free interface. It also comes for free.
There is an inbuilt timer which will disable the app after a set time period and you can access it with a single touch by using the home screen widget.
- Plowz & Mowz
Plowz & Mowz is an app which will help you get your driveway clean with snow plowing services from the providers of the app. You have to create an account and get a quote; one of the providers of the app will then come and plow the snow from your driveway. You will get a snap of your cleared driveway from the providers even if you aren’t at home. This will let you know the work is complete and your credit card will be charged for it.
With the approaching snowstorm, this free app for Android and iOS, will be a handy solution to get rid of the pile of snow.
- Dark Sky
Dark Sky is one of the most helpful weather apps which are popular for its accurate forecasts. Your location is found out by the app and it provides real-time updates on when snow or rain will hit your areas. You will be able to see precipitation info and the global temperature with the interactive map view, which will allow you to track storms across the world. With alerts being set, you will get push notifications from the app informing you before snow or heavy rain begins. The app is however, only available for iOS devices and costs $3.99.
- Storm Shield
Real time alerts about storms which are raging in your area will be sent to you via the Storm Shield app. It depends on the latest update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for these alerts and sends it to you. You will also get an in-app weather radio from the National Weather service with which you will be able to know about closures of schools in certain areas. The app can be used in Android and iOS devices and you can get it at $2.99.
So, get ready to face the snowstorm with these apps in your mobile device.
Did you use any of these apps? Are you going to download them for the snowstorm? We would love to hear your thoughts.
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