Storm Guide by savannahnow.com
For the 2013 hurricane season, I built a native iOS and Android app with an accompanying HTML5 mobile site to tie in with the print edition of our annual “Hurricane Guide” sponsored by Georgia Power.
Designed, developed and built by Carl V. Lewis of Savannah Morning News Digital Network, with sponsorship from Georgia Power
Your go-to source for breaking severe weather updates, interactive storm-tracking and directions to nearby evacuation shelters in Coastal Georgia, the South Carolina Lowcountry and beyond. Powered by the multimedia reporting staff of savannahnow.com and sponsored by Georgia Power, this app is a must-have tool for anyone in the region seeking safety during a natural disaster –– or just those who want to be prepared should the unfortunate time arrive.
OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE
- Geolocated, interactive radar and storm-tracker, specifically tailored to your current location.
- Real-time updates on current power outages provided by Georgia Power, and the ability to report outages from within the app.
- Evacuation route maps, city surge levels and guided directions from your current location to the nearest inland safety zone or shelter.
- Ability to upload photos, check-in and post status updates to nearby evacuees, and log in easily and securely via your Facebook or Twitter account.
- Share current weather conditions and photos from where you are with other Storm Guide users across smartphones and even the mobile web by commenting and ‘liking’ within the app’s built in social network called “Eye-Reports.”
- Explore photos and videos taken by SMN multimedia reporters, by other app users and by nearby social media users.
- Access to exclusive multimedia content from local and state emergency management officials on hurricane preparedness, including topics such as preparing your pets for evacuation, creating a disaster supply kit and building a storm shelter.
- Accesss to live weather cameras displaying current conditions on Tybee Island, the Savannah River and more.
- Stream the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s official severe weather radio broadcasts from directly within the app.
- Get help locating a missing loved one directly within the app through the American Red Cross’ official “Safe and Well” disaster preparedness program.