The Knoxville News Sentinel’s parent company, E.W. Scripps, has launched a NOAA Emergency Weather Radio for the iPhone.
It works, well, much like a weather radio, but is less expensive ($4.99) and easy to customize. Through the app, you will receive critical alerts via voice and push notification on major weather events.
Even when it’s not open, the app will “wake up” your iPhone with alerts wherever you are.
The weather radio app, available now only for the iPhone, but which will be available later this summer for Android devices, has these features::
Precise Alerts: Storm Shield provides more accurate alerts than many alerting services. Most services will alert you to severe weather if you are in a county only partially covered by a watch or warning, even if you are not actually directly within the watch/warning. Storm Shield alerts you only if the phone device or saved locations fall inside a watch/warning box. You can preselect and customize any or all of dozens of possible official National Weather Service watch or warning types.
Follow Me: The app will alert you if you are in an area when a relevant watch or warning is issued, no matter where you are in the United States.
Friends and Family: You can save up to five locations in addition to your current position. This will help you alert your friends and family in other locations of weather hazards.
Battery Management: You can control how much accuracy you want the application to use for your location, which will affect battery life. Use iOS Location Services for maximum location accuracy with background tracking. Disable background tracking to conserve battery life and use GPS only when the app is open.
Audio: Storm Shield provides audio alerts beeps followed by a brief description of the alert type. The audio could wake you in the middle of the night, or give you information you need when you can’t stop to look at the phone.
You can also listen to the alerts and forecasts for your area at any time.
Get more info or download the app by going the app’s website.