Volcano eruptions, floods, earthquakes – it seems like mother nature is striking back. Natural disasters have been attacking our planet for thousands of years and, therefore, mankind feels helpless when it comes to weather forecast or meteorologists’ predictions. People have been inhabiting Earth for 2 thousands years and sometimes it seems that nature reminds us of how dependent we remain on it.
APIXU has prepared a list of iOS applications that alert you about natural disasters. Obviously these apps do not prevent us from earthquakes and floods but at least you may be aware of the scope of catastrophe.
1. Tsunami Alert
This app warns you about tsunami happening all over the world. “There are no fees or subscription because your life is priceless and your safety is of high importance”, claim the developers. Whenever a tsunami is detected you will be warned, giving you time to get away from the disaster.
This app is extremely useful if you live in the area where storms and hurricanes are not rare phenomena. It is capable to track storms in detail and let you know about them. It may seem too complicated because it gives very precise and detailed information. However, one of the main advantages of the app is that it is possible to check 5 day forecast, radar info and news regarding the particular storm.
3. Tornado (by American Red Cross)
For the last 10 years the shores of America have being frequently attacked devastating tornadoes and, therefore, Red Cross decided to develop an app that would help people to survive during these natural disasters. The key feature of this app is that it is not just alerts you about tornadoes but also provides you with instructions how to act in case of emergency. It offers possible shelters where you can hide, first aid guide and other important information that you can access offline.
This app was specially developed for people who live in potentially disaster-prone area. Besides giving you the information about natural disasters that are happening in the area, it allows users to share the knowledge of the world’s citizen’s with those in danger. The app relies on the data provided by users and warn you then against natural disaster that may happen nearby.
5. Disaster Alert
This app alerts you when active natural disasters are happening around the world on an interactive map. Disaster Alert uses the term “Active Hazard” which refers to the most dangerous natural phenomena and include hurricane, man-made disasters, high wind, earthquake, flood, tropical cyclone, tsunami, storm, volcano eruption and wildfire. “Active Hazards” that tend to happen most frequently have being updated every 5 minutes.
Weather app developers should think of upgrading their products and implement the latest weather APIs in order to keep human beings calm and safe.