Storm Shield

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Named by Time.com's @Techland as one of the best weather apps for Your iPhone. And now the first app to give you severe weather alerts for your Apple Watch.

Severe weather alerts for your exact location. Storm Shield Weather Radio gives you storm-based alerts for tornado, hurricane, flood, thunderstorm, winter
storms and other life-threatening weather events via voice and push notification.

Storm-based or polygon alerts help reduce false alarms by alerting you to severe weather based on your exact location within a county. Many other products
still use county-based alerts (meaning you'd get an alert even if your location in the county is not within the threatened area).

What people are saying:
• Storm Shield "can keep you appraised of everything from severe thunderstorms to flash flooding... this kind of information can be a life-saver, as many
of its loyal users have already attested." - Time.com

• Storm Shield "alerted our family of the Broken Arrow, OK tornado, faster than the TV and tornado sirens." - Robyn, Broken Arrow, OK resident

• "I was in Oklahoma City during the tornado... we were right in its path. Your app literally was a life saver." - dcalk12

Benefits include:
• Get NOAA alerts via voice and push notification no matter where you are in the United States.

• With Storm Shield's Apple Watch extension get a tap on your wrist any time severe weather alerts are issued for your locations.

• Share severe weather alerts with your family and friends to make sure they stay safe.

• Beautifully sharp radar map as your home screen so you can immediately see what's going on at your current and saved locations.

• Share your radar view with family and friends when severe weather is affecting them.

• See where NOAA watches and warnings are issued by switching map overlays.

• See Hurricane and Tropical Storm forecast tracks.

• Save five additional locations to make sure friends and family at home, work, or out of state stay safe.

• School Closings for Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Tulsa and Buffalo.

• View current conditions, hourly and daily forecasts.

• Severe weather forecasts in the app. Know where bad weather will occur before you travel with forecasts by our Storm Shield Meteorologist.

• Watch live video streams when available (usually during local coverage of severe weather in most cities listed below).

Battery tips:
• Storm Shield uses iOS Significant-Change Location and Background Refresh (not GPS) to balance location accuracy and battery life.

• Turn off Background Tracking and instead set one of your five locations to where you are most often.

Storm Shield is made possible by The E.W. Scripps Company, including WCPO Cincinnati, KNXV ABC15 Phoenix, WEWS Newsnet5 Cleveland, WXYZ Detroit, KJRH Tulsa,
KMGH ABC7 Denver, KGTV ABC10 San Diego, KERO 23 Bakersfield, WMAR ABC2 Baltimore, WFTS ABCActionNews Tampa, WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm Beach, WRTV RTV6
The IndyChannel Indianapolis, KSHB 41 Action News Kansas City, WKBW Buffalo, WTVF Nashville, KMTV ActionNews Omaha, WSYM Fox47 News Lansing-Jackson, WFTX
Fox 4 Ft. Myers, WTMJ Milwaukee, WGBA NBC26 Green Bay, KIVI Fox9 On Your Side Boise, KTNV 13 ActionNews Las Vegas, KGUN 9 On Your Side Tucson, KTTS Springfield.

View our Support FAQs at support.stormshieldapp.com, and get tips, updates and more on our Storm Shield Facebook page.

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

 

Version

3.6.4

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Yes

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

8.4

Accessibility Comments

Appears to be very VoiceOver friendly. Some of the interface is a bit quirky but overall does a very good job. If one of your local television station participates in the app. It will provide many featues such as School Closures, Local Video Forcast, and more. Making this a great choice if you are in the need for weather alerts in being pushed to you in real time. Works great and quick in getting those need to know alerts when things come across for your area. It also offers the Follow Me function so that no matter where you are at. It will alert you for the location you are in when something comes up.

 

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Developer's Twitter Username

@stormshieldapp

Recommendations

3 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by AnonyMouse 4 years 6 months ago

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Comments

Submitted by dvdmth on Saturday, February 15, 2014

There is a review in the App Store from November 2013 which claims that Storm Shield is no longer accessible after an iOS update. Can anyone here speak for this app's accessibility under iOS 7? Also, how does Storm Shield's performance with VoiceOver compare with its cousin, IMap Weather Radio? I wonder if the reported VO improvements in IMap Weather Radio 2.7 might make it into the next update of Storm Shield.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, April 26, 2014

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This is a very nice update. The layouts is definetly better and simplier. There are only one part that will show some unlabel buttons. That is with in the Alert section. The unlabel buttons are for to select all for that particular category of alerts. So double tap on it. It will select all of the items in that category. Double tap on it again and it will deselect all of the items for that category. Still one of my favorite weather app.

What's New in Version 2.7.2

* Fixed an issue that caused some users to lose their Saved Locations (this involved an intermittent current location and background refresh problem).
* Fixed an issue for some users who were using the voice-over feature.
* Fixed an issue with audio playback that caused the app to crash occasionally.
* Other minor bug fixes and performance enhancements have been added to this release.
* We also updated the look of Storm Shield slightly as we begin integrating more aspects of iOS 7.

Submitted by dvdmth on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

In version 2.7.4, just released, there is a new accessibility issue that wasn't in the previous version. On the main page for a location, the hourly forecast data is no longer accessible. In the previous version, the hourly forecast was available if you had VoiceOver hints turned on. Now, all VoiceOver says is empty list, even though the data is visible on screen.

As far as I know, this is the only new issue. Since the app is focused more on severe weather alerts than on forecasts, I am okay with this. If I need an hourly forecast, I can get it from a bunch of other places.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hi, you rated this as having miner accessibility issues. What are those issues at this time? Thanks.

Submitted by dvdmth on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My comment above about hourly forecasts not being accessible should be disregarded. The issue disappeared after a reboot of my device. A few other things were acting strangely as well, so it may not have been Storm Shield's fault.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Monday, March 23, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in Version 3.4.5

• Accessibility and VoiceOver enhancements for our visually impaired users. A special shout-out and thanks to all our beta testers for your valued feedback
on these accessibility improvements!
• Performance upgrades to weather radar display.
• Squashed some bugs and app crashes that were affecting some users from the previous update.

Thanks for all your feedback from the last release and keep your feedback coming! We are working hard to make the product better with each update.

Submitted by Troy B on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

I have a few weather apps already but none that give me exact location weather alerts. Because of that I'm looking at storm shield but I see that the last comment above was posted several years ago. Is this app still voiceover accessible? Also is there a podcast on how to use?

Thanks.

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