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Flashlight: This app by iHandy Inc. will turn your cell phone into a flashlight if your power goes out. There are multiple lighting options from a night light to a Fire Truck light. Flashlight also comes with a compass which will allow you to find your direction in the darkness. Cost: FREE.
City Compass: This app uses information provided by your smart phone to locate the cities closest to you, show their distance and general directions. A gray beam shows your travel direction. If an evacuation route takes you to an unfamiliar area, this can help you find the nearest city to ride out the storm in. Cost: $0.99.
BoltMeter Lightning: This app shows real-time lightning strikes using a compass-based system to get up-to-the minute distance and direction within 30 miles from your location. The screen displays colors based on intensity with red being the highest risk. Cost: $1.99.
Dropbox: This app is for data storage and allows you to bring all your photos, important uploaded documents, and videos with you anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox is accessible from all your computer, iPhone, iPad and the Dropbox website. Cost: FREE.
360 Panorama: This app will allow you to take 360-degree panoramas everywhere including of your home, car or property if you experience storm damage. With these images you can instantly share your images with your insurance agent to start your claim process. Each image is GPS tagged with a compass heading. Cost: $0.99.
iDamage-Pushed: This app collects and displays storm damage reports from trained spotters, emergency responders and members of the public. Maps of storm events appear with colored pins and can be listed in table form to view full day or past events. Other features include Mesoscale discussions with maps, local hazardous weather warnings, and 24 hour radar. Cost: $1.99.