Tropical storm Isaac, which left the Caribbean nation in complete devastation and 10 people dead, is headed to the State of Louisiana. Reports are saying that there’s a possibility that the tropical storm could turn into a full-blown category one hurricane, but the residents of New Orleans and neighboring cities are confident they can survive this, as they are now more prepared because of what happened when hurricane Katrina hit 7 years ago.
So if you live near, around or in the path of hurricane Isaac, better read on, we’ve got a few things that could help you survive this.
Hurricane Isaac apps
Since people rely on their mobile devices so much, albeit a smartphone or a tablet, they can keep track of hurricane Isaac by just downloading an app. For iOS devices, you can download Hurricane Tracker for $2.99, Hurricane Express for $0.99, or Hurricane HD for $3.99. Android users can also track hurricane Isaac by downloading Hurricane Hound free or the paid version.
If you want more than just to track the path of Isaac, you can try Hurricane-American Red Cross for Android and iOS, as it not only tracks the hurricane, it also lets you “monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out.”
Google’s Crisis Response Map
Google.org, Google’s philanthropy arm, unveiled a new crisis project to help people monitor hurricanes or natural disasters all over the world. Google’s Crisis Response map currently tracks Isaac and they’re regularly providing updates for people who could be in great danger and would need all the information they can get.
The Crisis Response team is working working with the Red Cross, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and various government and NGO partners. The map not only monitors the hurricane, courtesy of the NOAA-National Hurricane Center, but they also provide pertinent information such as Weather updates and data, including radar and cloud imagery from weather.com and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; Evacuation information and routes; Shelter and recovery centers locations; and Storm-related YouTube videos, including many curated by Storyful.
To everyone out there in the path of Isaac, keep yourselves updated as to what’s happening. If an evacuation is ordered, follow orders and leave as soon as possible. Have an emergency contingency plan and make sure to discuss it with your whole family. Make sure your plan, included packing emergency bags that contains food, water, emergency lights, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a change of clothing, and make sure your bag is waterproof so all your stuff stays dry and ready to use when needed.
Discuss an evacuation plan with your family, such as where you’ll meet up if things get worse, or if you guys aren’t together when disaster strikes, where will you all meet up. You should also have emergency contact numbers ready so even if in a state of panic, a member of your family can easily contact people from the outside and ask for help.
Keep safe, stay dry and keep calm.