15 apps to help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from a natural disaster

​Your smartphone could save your life

You don't have to look far to find evidence of tragedies in the wake of hurricanes and other natural disasters. Loved ones are separated, people vanish, pets are lost, and it quickly becomes a fight for survival in the face of deadly weather and complete chaos.

Getting through a disaster, no matter the kind, means being ready for whatever may happen. These 10 apps could just be what stands between you and serious harm.

Don't forget to take care of your device during a disaster as well--having the best apps for survival doesn't mean a thing if your smartphone goes dead from a drained battery or damage.

Image: iStock/Karl Spencer

By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.