7 Apps, Tools, and Resources for Tracking Hurricane Sandy

We encourage those in Hurricane Sandy’s path to take all necessary precautions to remain safe.  One of these safety precautions includes staying informed – below includes a list of resources and apps to help you accomplish just that.


Although typically reserved for home surveillance, many are using their Dropcam to broadcast their region’s live storm conditions.  DCWEEK co-producer iStrategyLabs is using theirs in Dupont Circle in DC, and other public cameras can be found in Green Pond, NJGloucester, MA, and the ultimate sea-sickness inducing view from a boat on the Hudson River.  If you’re in the storm’s track and are using your Dropcam to stream the storm, please drop a line in the comments to let us know.

Google Crisis Map

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the Internet giant, has released a Crisis Map, overlaying key data around the storm.

#HurricaneHackers Google Doc

A group called the #HurricaneHackers has put together a Google Doc listing the more in-depth list of resources surrounding Hurricane Sandy.  The influx of traffic has caused the original doc to stall; if you’re having this problem, try the read-only version.


Livestream is a web app, iPhone app and, as of todayAndroid app that allows users to broadcast local events including video, images, and live-blogging. Go here to find their coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

New York Times & Wall St Journal

Both the Wall St. Journal and New York Times have dropped their paywalls and are providing live updates and breaking news on the storm.


Maybe you’ve heard of it?  Although perhaps a bit obvious, the following are the most active hashtags for following the latest Frankenstorm news: #sandy (including region specific hastags #sandy #nyc#sandyboston#sandy #nj, etc), #hurricanesandy, and #frankenstorm.

WYNC Flood Map

The most up-to-date flooding information can be found at WYNC’s Flood Map, which updates every other minute.

Lead image credit: nasa.gov.

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