As we experience more extreme weather events (floods, funnel clouds, ice storms, damaging snowstorms in October), staying on top of the weather, understanding what the state of a storm emergency might be and have the information and communications to make the correct decisions is becoming more important.
New Hampshire Public Radio would like to provide a mobile app for iPhone and Android to help residents of the state stay on top of the weather and emergency information.
This app would allow for understanding current weather, weather forecasts, receiving emergency weather alerts, contact information for N.H. emergency services, 911, power outage information and link to NHPR's twitter feed, where the updates on latest status of the weather event information would be available.
In recent storms, smart phones have been invaluable as up to 300,000 residents of the state have lost power, and many driven from their homes temporarily. The smart phone provided a lifeline, with Tweets or a emergency info web page sometimes the best source for information to make important decisions during the emergency.
Some of the functions of an "NHPR Weather" app might be:
- Use GPS to provide weather for your location and extended forecast
- Use GPS to find your current location should you be stranded
- Possible weather feeds:
The NH Forecast data is available as part of the Maine feed
New Hampshire Alerts:
Weather information for NH, including state forecast, Short Term (NOWCASTS), Watches, Warnings and Advisories, Weather Summary, Hourly State Roundup
- Link to NHPR Twitter Feed: @NHPRNews
- Links to emergency services numbers for the state
- Links to electric outage reporting URL’s for power companies in the state
The proposed solution can be found here: http://www.rhok.org/solutions/nh-alert-hub