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Hurricane by American Red Cross for iOS

By American Red Cross Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 23, 2014

Hurricane by American Red Cross provides all kinds of information to help you prepare for and recover from a hurricane in your area. You can track the progress of existing storms, and you can create an emergency plan for your family, all straight from the app.


Tons of info: Whether you're interested in the history of hurricanes in a particular region, or you want to know what to have on-hand when a storm is approaching, this app has all the information you're looking for. It's also conveniently divided into different sections, so you can quickly find out what to do before, during, or after a hurricane with just a few taps.

Planning tools: In addition to tips and instructions, this app includes a feature that walks you through the process of creating an emergency plan for your family. You can add family members, assign specific responsibilities to them, and pick out meeting places, in case you are separated before or during the storm.

Location notifications: You can also configure notifications through this app that will alert you when a hurricane is heading to a location you are monitoring. You can select multiple locations, so even if you don't live in an area at great risk for hurricanes, you can get information about places that are, in case you have friends or family who live there.


Responsibility bugs: During testing, we encountered some issues with the emergency planning feature. Initially we were unable to add responsibilities for each family member when prompted to do so, although exiting the plan and reentering it activated that feature again, and we were eventually able to complete the process.

Bottom Line

This app is a great resource, especially if you or your loved ones live in an area that's likely to be hit by a hurricane. It functions both as a reference and emergency resource, and its clear organization makes it easy to find what you're looking for quickly.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.4

We've made improvements to our content delivery in case we ever need to deliver urgent updates to the app content.


Release October 10, 2017
Date Added October 10, 2017
Version 3.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74


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Developer's Description

One of the top 6 hurricane tracking apps - CNN. Readers' Pick: Most innovative and useful hurricane app - FastCompany. One of 5 apps to get you through a natural disaster - Fox News. Top Apps of the Week (11/3/12) - ABC News. Top Apps of the Week (10/29/12) - MediaBistro. Top App of the week (9/2/12) - Appolicious. Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe - a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do. Ahora disponible en espanol. Features: Free and available in English and Spanish. Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after the storm, even if no data connectivity. Track the path of a hurricane with our interactive storm tracker displaying where the app has been and where it's predicted to go. Monitor, hurricane, flood & tornado-related weather conditions in your area or those of loved-ones with various map layers and location-based notifications for the U. S. and its territories. Customizable alerting and push notification options. Easy to view alert feed with the ability to remove alerts. Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable "I'm Safe" alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text. Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help. Stay safe when the lights are out with the Hurricane Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions. Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation. Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan. Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes. See an illustrated history of hurricanes in your area. Learn the difference between a hurricane warning and watch. Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.
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