Staying informed during a storm

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Your power and cable will likely go out during a storm so finding ways to stay informed about the weather is crucial.

If you rely on your cell phone for information, you’ll want to download the WINK Weather app.

We will be pushing the latest, up-to-the-minute information you’ll need. The app is available for the android, iPhone or iPad, is free and can deliver anything from a ten day forecast, to an hourly forecast and future track forecast models. Your current weather is updated directly from our WINK News weather computer models. You can even get push alerts to keep you safe in severe weather.

But what do you do when your phone’s battery dies? Turn on your NOAA weather radio. The radios can be plugged in or they can run on batteries.

The NOAA weather radio is a nationwide network of radio stations. You can set your radio to broadcast continuously or you can set it to “alert” where it will only go off if severe weather is threatening your area.

You can buy a weather radio at most retail outlets.

Finally, if you have a regular, battery-powered radio, when the power goes out you can listen to WINK News on the radio as well. During a storm, we will simulcast our news on 92.5 Fox News.

Other apps that may help you before, during and after a storm include the American Red Cross Emergency App.

Also, consider signing up for the Code Red App and anytime you travel, if severe weather or an emergency is near, you’ll be notified.

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