With a potential for severe weather in the Tri-State in the overnight hours, it's important to prepare you and your family, even during the hours you might be asleep.
WCPO Storm Shield is a life-saving app that is like a NOAA Emergency Weather Radio for your iPhone and Android. Get storm-based alerts for life-threatening weather events like tornado, hurricane, flood, thunderstorms and more via voice and push notification. You control which alerts you want to receive.
Storm Shield consistently has been one of the most popular paid weather apps since its launch. It kept thousands of people ahead of the storm when Hurricane Isaac approached the Gulf Coast in August 2012.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Storm Shield has caught the attention of trusted outlets such as CNET and The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Storm Shield has also won the applause of customers who have submitted feedback:
"A detail-rich app for weather bugs, with an emphasis on smart, active, automatic alerts for severe weather... Its ability to pinpoint data to your location could literally be a life-saver."
"Storm Shield is like having a sophisticated weather radio on your iPhone."
- The Unofficial Apple Weblog
"During the roughest part of the storm I was constantly getting push messages to my iPhone and iPad... Thanks for developing this amazing app!"
- Joe C.
"I love this app because it finds your location... GREAT APP! Someone did what was needed, well worth the small price of it!"
- Tina A.
STORM-BASED VS. COUNTY-BASED ALERTS
Storm-based alerts are more precise than county-based alerts other services use. You've likely seen these county-based alerts on TV, where select counties are highlighted in the corner of your TV screen. These county-based alerts can result in people at one end of a county receiving alerts for weather that will not impact them.
Storm Shield is more personalized than that. With storm-based alerts, you will be alerted if your current or saved locations fall inside a National Weather Service watch or warning box.
HOW ALERTS WORK
As an example, the National Weather Service issues a polygon for a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. This only affects people in the path of the dangerous part of the storm. If your location is inside the orange polygon, you would receive a Severe Thunderstorm Warning from Storm Shield.
If your location is just outside the polygon (even though you may be in the storm and the county), you would not receive a warning from Storm Shield.
Storm Shield is designed to make a negligible impact on your battery. To save your battery life, you can throttle up or down Storm Shield's Location Tracking to balance between location accuracy and battery life.
You can also turn off Location Tracking and instead set one of your five locations to where you are most often.
INTERACTIVE MAP:Track hurricane and tropical storm paths by switching between weather overlays on the map.
FOLLOW ME: Get alerts no matter where you are in the United States when a relevant watch or warning is issued.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Save up to five additional locations to make sure friends and family at home, work, or out of state stay safe.
AUDIO: Get audio alerts (beeps followed by a brief description of the alert) that could wake you in the middle of the night, or give you information when you can't stop to look at the phone.
LIVE VIDEO AND LOCAL INFO: Watch live video streams when available from select Scripps markets. Storm Shield is made possible by Scripps local television stations and newspapers. If you live in a Scripps market, your app will be customized with additional local news and information to keep you ahead of the storm. Use your partner code (if provided), or search for your city or zip code, to activate local weather information in Scripps markets.
To download the app, search Storm Shield in the App store for iPhone or at http://bit.ly/Storm_Shield. To download the app for Android, search for Storm Shield in the Google Play store or go to http://goo.gl/5Uppr.
Learn more about Storm Shield at www.StormShieldApp.com .
And there's another way you can stay on top of incoming storms:
Sign up for email alerts from WCPO.com when severe weather watches and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service. All you do is pick the county or counties you want be notified about and when an alert is issued, you'll get an email in your inbox. Sign up at http://contests.wcpo.com/engine/Registration.aspx?contestid=17905.