Wilman Hernandez and his wife Brenda Ramirez, check their phones for the location of shelters and their capacity while waiting for a bus in Miami Beach, Fla., Friday, Sept. 9, 2017. Photo: Marta Lavandier/AP

As seen during Hurricane Harvey, social media and apps can be extremely helpful during storms and crisis situations. Now, with Florida preparing for Irma, people are downloading various weather and communication apps to stay connected during the storm.

Here are some of the most useful apps:

  • The hurricane app from the Red Cross: monitor local storm conditions and connect with others to let them know you're safe.
  • NOAA Radar U.S.: The number one paid app for hurricane tracking, per the Miami Herald.
  • Zello Walkie Talkie app: This free app has already been downloaded by over a million people preparing for Irma, per NBC. However, it won't work if there is no cell service or Wi-Fi.
  • FireChat: A free messaging app that doesn't need cell service or internet access to work.
  • GasBuddy: Find gas near you for the cheapest prices, using data submitted by other users in the area.
  • Snapchat: Stay up-to-date on what's happening in your area through videos posted by users near you with Snapchat's new Snap Map feature.
  • WhatsApp: This communication app "offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free around the world."
  • Nextdoor: Through Nextdoor, neighborhoods can communicate on a "private social network."
  • Waze: A navigation app, Waze projects what the roads in your area look like based on real-time road and traffic information submitted by other drivers.

Go deeper

Ben Sasse emerges as GOP Trump critic ahead of November

Sen. Ben Sasse walks to the Senate from the subway to vote in June. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has dialed up his spicy slams of President Trump, including this swipe at yesterday's signing ceremony: "The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop."

Why it matters: Trump increasingly looks — to business and to fellow Republicans — like a loser in November. So they're more likely to create distance to save their own skins. Sasse also won his May primary, further freeing him.

Pelosi: "States don't have the money" for Trump's unemployment order

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that states don't have the funds to comply with the executive order President Trump signed on Saturday, which requires them to cover 25% of an additional $400 in weekly unemployment benefits.

Why it matters: Many state and local governments have had their budgets devastated by the economic impacts of the coronavirus, which have caused expenses to soar and revenues to plunge.

Kudlow says he regrets claiming Trump couldn't use executive order for unemployment

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he regrets suggesting this week that unemployment benefits can only be extended by Congress.

Why it matters: President Trump's decision to bypass Congress to sign four executive actions, including one that provides $400 per week in extra unemployment benefits, has prompted outcry from Democrats and even some Republicans who believe he is overstepping his constitutional authority.