As Hurricane Irene plows through North Carolina on its destructive path up the East Coast of the United States, people need to be prepared. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can use the resources included in the InstaTodo app to guide you.

If you are not used to dealing with major forces of nature, you might feel unprepared. It is hard to know what to expect, and if you have not weathered a hurricane before there may be things you might need that don't occur to you until it is too late.

What you need are some checklists and helpful resources that can help guide you. Thankfully, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed the Ready Campaign, which includes a site called ready.gov which contains just the types of lists and resources you need. Of course, when the power goes out and the Internet goes down, the ready.gov site will not be of much use.

But, you can take the ready.gov info with you on your iOS device. In partnership with ready.gov InstaTodo provides the following to-do lists: Emergency Supply Kit, First Aid Kit, Unique Family Needs, Emergency Food Supply and list of Useful Government and Non-Profit Organization Links.

You can modify the boilerplate to-do lists and checklists to customize them for your family or unique circumstances. When you are in the midst of an emergency, a checklist is helpful--but a checklist that is designed specifically for your home or family needs is much more helpful.

Even when you're not faced with an impending natural disaster or catastrophe, the InstaTodo app can be very useful. As a simple to-do app, InstaTodo has some unique features like the ability to customize and save your lists as templates that can be used as a foundation for future lists.

Assuming you still have power and Internet, now is the time to go out and get the InstaTodo app before it's too late. Review the FEMA Ready Campaign resources to familiarize yourself, and do what you can to proactively prepare before the full force of the hurricane hits your area. If the need arises, you will appreciate having access to these resources on your iPhone or iPad.

InstaTodo runs on iOS devices running iOS 4.0 or later. InstaTodo is available on the iTunes App Store or you can learn more about InstaTodo at http://www.instatodo.com/.