Apps for surviving a natural disaster

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The deadly tornadoes that slammed Illinois on Sunday have many people thinking ahead about their emergency plans.

Here are a few apps that will help you in a natural disaster:

Disaster Readiness

$1.99 for iPhone and Android

There is information in this app on pretty much any disaster you’re likely to face, from a tornado to a nuclear blast to a terrorist attack. The app has information on how to make a Disaster Supplies Kit, how to re-charge your phone when there is no electricity and even how to purify water.

Plus, you don’t need an internet connection to operate the app.

American Red Cross: Shelter View

Free for iPhone

When disaster strikes and you need shelter, American Red Cross: Shelter View may help you find one.

Updated with information from the National Shelter System daily, and even more frequently during disasters, this app will show use your phone’s GPS to locate the closest shelter near you.


Free for iPhone/Android

If you lose power during a storm during a natural disaster, the ComEd app is probably the easiest way to report the outage. With this app, you can also check the estimated restoration time, crew status and probable cause of the outage. In a non-disaster, hyou can even use this app to pay your bill and manage your ComEd account.

Red Panic Button 

$2.99 for iPhone; Free for Android

By opening this app and hitting the “red panic button,” your current GPS coordinates can be sent to your Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as to a pre-set group of people via email and SMS.  


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