Hurricane Season is still a few months off, but tornadoes andcan strike during any season. While we don’t yet have the us for them. Your is a tool that allows you through the most significant events in your life, and severe weather is no exception, so long as you properly prep your phone and have a plan to follow it. We are here to help you, so let’s batten down the hatches and get the barn doors shut.
Regardless of the weather you’ll face when you step outside your door, there are some weather essentials, and that starts with a reliable weather app. Whether you check your , once a week, or once an hour, a good weather app will keep you from getting caught in the rain — or the flash flooding they can bring with them.
There are dozens of weather, and while they have various layouts and features, the most critical aspect of a weather app can’t be reviewed for everyone: how accurate it is for you. Weather their data from various weather services; some are better in some regions than others. It’s essential to find a weather app that looks good and is accurate for your area so that you get the best forecasts and can be better prepared.
Going local: Find a meteorologist you trust
Many local TV stations have weatherup forecasting directly from their team of meteorologists. They may not be the newest or shiniest apps, but they may very well be the most accurate forecasting you can get, and they almost always offer during severe weather events. If they’re not streaming through their apps, rest assured they’ll be streaming on or the station’s website.
Make sure that you have a way to listen to what your local meteorologist isduring a severe weather event. They will give you the most up-to-date information and warn anyone in the storm’s path more efficiently than a simple NWS alert from a national or .
Beyond having a weather, there are a few other things that are useful to have on your phone at all times:
- Get the number for your local Office of Emergency Management. The OEM runs the show and coordinates the response whenn severe weather or other disasters occur in your account. Find their number and put it in your Contacts.
- While you’re at it, add in the numbers for all of your insurance , auto, homeowners/renters, et cetera — because you might not have internet for a while after a big storm.
- Keep a current photo of yourself, your loved ones (including pets), and your vehicles backed up to the cloud via and stored locally in case the internet is down. It would help if you took this opportunity to take good, clear photos/scans of your in case they get blown away or waterlogged.