Hurricane Sandy

Ed. note: Bumping this up because it's important stuff.

OK, boys and girls on the East Cost. Listen up. Hurricane Sandy's on her way, and she's liable to make a mess of things next week. Just how bad depends on who you're reading, but regardless it's time to start getting ready. As we tend to do when storms like this pop up, let's review how our Android phones can help.

  • Charge your phones. Now. Keep them charged. And once the storm starts, keep them off. You'll likely lose power at some point, and there's a good chance your local cell network will go down for a bit, even with generator backups.
  • Spare batteries. If you got 'em, make sure they're charged, too. If you still have time to get some, do it.
  • Car charger. Get one. Get a couple, actually.
  • After the storm, text messages may work best. If the network's up, it's going to be clogged, and calls might not go through. Text messages have a much better chance.
  • If you're worried about damage and don't have a traditional camera, use your phone to take a few pictures of your home and your belongings. It'll make insurance claims much easier, should it come to that.
  • While you still have power and internet access, be it on your phone or broadbad, take advantage of features like instant uploading on Google+ Dropbox to make sure those pictures get somewhere that can't be destroyed by the storm. Better to be safe than sorry in that case.
  • If you just have to use Instagram during a storm, don't use a damn filter. Folks wanna see what's happening, and filters don't help that.
  • Use apps like Evernote to help keep track of your emergency supplies.
  • Before the storm, use those gas-finder apps to track down the cheapest petrol. That won't help you with the lines, but it may save you a few bucks.
  • See if your phone can serve as an FM radio, if you don't have any others around. (That's not out of the question in 2012.
  • Apps from FEMA and the Red Cross can help you find shelters and other emergency information.

And as of this writing, Google's "Playground" event is still on for Monday morning. If that changes, you'll hear it here first. And Google's event is off. Stay safe out there, people.

More: Hurricane Sandy updates from NOAA 

 

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Here comes Hurricane Sandy: Charge 'em if you got 'em

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West Virginia doesn't have any mountains. What you call mountains, we call them hills out west. :-)

i like this product for the beach bag and for possible power outages and it doubles as a wall charger -

Sprint Travel Charger PLUS - Item # PGU3939V_C

Wouldn't it be great if all phones had a removable battery for situations like this?!

SAVE THE NEXUS! GIMME REMOVABLE BATTERY!!

No, because instead of buying a spare battery AND charger, you buy an external battery. And guess what? Does the same job, costs less, works with multiple devices, requires no special charger, and has more capacity. And several double as a flashlight, too.

For those of us from Florida who aren't afraid of a little rain, this seems a bit much for a late in the season hurricane. Just saying...

Why doesn't anyone ever add decent weather apps into this mix? Hurricane, Radars, Satellite views, Reports, etc. That is really what everyone wants to know!

Well say Hi there Phil, that is a big screen Phablet you have there or just happy to see me!

Also what app are using there if may ask?

I live in Connecticut, it's suppose to be here Tuesday,
4 days is plenty of time, this thing BETTER change course
and head out to see by Tuesday!!!

Im just planning on driving to Jerry's house....I'm sure he has a ton of UPS' all over the place. :)

I blame Phil for Frankenstorm.

If he just stayed in Florida, we wouldn't have seen it here in Joisey.

You can run, but you can't hide!

I'm firing up the Wunderground app...

Again, yet another reason to have a removable battery. I'm in Eastern NC so hope we don't get too much rain. We've had enough this summer!

Nope.

Instead of buying a spare battery AND charger, you buy an external battery. And guess what? Does the same job, costs less, works with multiple devices, requires no special charger, and has more capacity. And several double as a flashlight, too.

I live on the border of southern Maine/New Hampshire and we are preparing for hell. I live right next to the beach so it should be fun lol

And no one noticed - "OK, boys and girls on the East Cost." You're slipping, boys and girls. :-)

I agree take it from someone who knows!! rite after Issac I didn't have electricity for about a week. No cell service for 3 days, as they have to restore the land lines going to the tower. Back up generators are useless unless you still have the phone lines connected. I lived on a car charger about a week. (not fun) If your near a coastal area you mite want to avoid parking under trees. Stock up on non perishable foods. A generator if you got the cash. If your all electric a camping stove will help. board up your windows. If authorities call for an evacuation head the call mite just save your life!!! Stock up on water,bread,flash lights, batteries,get a battery powered radio. PREPARE FOR THE WORST BUT BE SAFE!!!

The correct answer for this app is actually a web link provided by Phil under More @ top of the page for Hurricane Sandy updates from NOAA website.

Scanner Radio is a great free app that picks up emergency service conversations almost everywhere. (Police, fire, medical etc.) Think Ham Radio... (Google it) If you want to know what is going on in your neighborhood, listen in...

What da F? Warnings of loss of electricity and this AC has the following awesome suggestion:

"Use apps like Evernote to help keep track of your emergency supplies." How making use of pencil and paper to keep track of supplies. Wait, I need to buy extra car chargers vs keeping notes in my wallet.

How about diction?
"OK, boys and girls on the East Cost"

Spell check, syntax and diction at AC?
"While you still have power and internet access, be it on your phone or broadbad, take advantage of features like instant uploading on Google+ Dropbox to make sure those pictures get somewhere that can't be destroyed by the storm."

I live where we had the tsunami warning last Saturday night. I had driven home from a political event and had to immediately go to work. I must say having vehicle chargers is a very important thing. I also have a 3 12 volt plug setup installed that runs straight off the battery so as I drove to work at 10:30 at night I was also charging my battery devices. Water is another important thing. Fill containers and just set them on the counter to use later.