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Hurricane Florence – 10 Emergency Apps to Download Before Hurricane Florence Strikes

Apps to download before a hurricane

Hurricane Florence intensified into a Category 4 around midday on Monday. Moreover, it continues to strengthen on a path to the East Coast of the United States. As a result,authorities are warning  residents to evacuate as Florence approaches. Here are some website links and apps to download before a hurricane to help with finding shelter, getting gas and keeping in touch with family and friends.

List of Helpful links

North Carolina

Here is a link to evacuation routes in North Carolina. The map shows the routes – both state and national highways – from coastal areas to Interstate 95. Interstate 95 is in the center of the state and runs north and south. Interstate 40 runs from the coastal area of North Carolina near Wilmington across the state where it intersects with I-95.


Hurricane evacuation routes are shown on page 9 of this PDF. It includes routes for those who live on the Peninsula, those who live south of I-264 and those who live on the Eastern Shore.


Here is the link to maps for hurricane evacuation in Georgia. 

Links to state and county emergency management agencies 

Emergency management agencies can provide updated information on watches and warnings along with locations. Here are the links for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

  1. Georgia: Click here for the Georgia emergency management department.
  2. North Carolina: Click here for the North Carolina department of public safety.
  3. Click here for each North Carolina county’s emergency management department.
  4. South Carolina: Click here for the South Carolina emergency management department.
  5. Virginia: Click here for the Virginia emergency management department.

Additionally, you can find shelters once they open by texting the word “SHELTER” and a zip code to 4FEMA (43362). For example, for the Wilmington, N.C. area you would text to 43362: SHELTER 28401 (Wilmington’s zip code).

Here are the apps to download before a hurricane

Hurricane App by the Red Cross

This free app for iPhone and Android helps you stay up to date with NOAA alerts. Moreover, it provides a way to connect with friends and family and let them know you are OK. Additionally, it has a flashlight, strobe and alarm. There is a second free app with first-aid advice for situations ranging from anaphylactic shock to heart attacks. To download both apps, visit: This is one of the must have apps to download before a hurricane


Everything you need in an app for viewing animated weather radar images and hyper-local storm patterns. $1.99 for iPhone and iPad and still the No. 1 paid app for hurricane tracking.

Weather Underground

This is your everything weather app for hyper-local forecasts and current conditions. Powered by Weather Underground’s network of more than 200,000 personal weather stations. A companion app is WU Storm.


Whether you are loading up the car now to escape upstate or want to know if your city roads are passable post-florence, Waze could make road travel a little easier. Users of Waze, a social network for drivers, share real-time traffic and road condition information. 

Just type in a ZIP Code or city at and it returns a list of stations with gas and without.


To use the free walkie-talkie app, users must be connected to a cellular or wireless network. The Android and iPhone app, used during Hurricane Harvey and other crises to connect people and rally support, lets users join channels and immediately send voice messages. Its group messaging capabilities can be superior to simple text messaging.

Snap Map

Snapchat’s Snap Map lets users share their location publicly or with friends on an interactive map. Many users were documenting the impact and rescue stories around Hurricane Harvey on their Snapchat Stories, which can be accessed on Snap Maps. 


Hurricane prep and recovery is all about everyone helping each other, chances are this social network for can also bring out the best in people.


WhatsApp offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free around the world.


With the potential for network outages, tt’s a messaging app to communicate with people around you, even without an internet connection or cellular phone coverage.

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