Useful apps in the wake of a hurricane

HERE ARE a few useful apps available for smartphone users to deal with the storm:

* Various flashlight apps available for free.

* The American Red Cross "Shelters" app to find local shelters. Text SHELTER and your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter.

* The Hurricane App to send out info via social-networking sites to notify others of location and safety.

* The Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) app for advice, information and weather updates.

- Andrew Eiser