A WORD ON USING APPS! Don’t just download an App and ignore. Open it. Most require some form of sign in which could be awkward during an emergency. Explore it. How does it work? What does it do and what doesn’t it do? Some apps are battery intensive, especially locator apps. You can never rely 100% on any app because they are dependent on your phone which is dependent on: -You having your phone -The phone working -the battery -often apps require getting a signal to work properly
Mild: Download Emergency Apps
FREE (Mostly) First Aid, COVID-19 Emergency, Communication, Location/Mapping and Survival Apps You Need To Download Right Now.
Apps After downloading any App, check and, if required, make sure you register and add contacts as required. It’s a pain to stop and do it when you need it. Speaking from experience. All Apps listed are FREE, unless otherwise noted. My listing of these apps doesn’t indicate endorsement, but I’m doing this, along with product descriptions, to give you access and information. Be careful downloading anything. There have been ransomware and scammers putting up fake COVID- 19 contact-tracing apps. Occasionally Apps are changed, updated or deleted.
COVID-19 Screening Tool Web Page: SCREENING TOOL Apple
COVID-19 App: APPLE 1-Check
COVID (Android) (Apple)
Designed by leading health experts at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the 1- Check COVID app features an easy to use interface that asks you to complete a series of questions about your symptoms, travel, medical conditions, and exposure. Your assessment responses and results remain securely stored on your iOS device. Upon completion of the screening survey, you will be given an option to share your results with your healthcare provider, clinic, employer, public health service or others.
CDC App Center For Disease Control (Apple) (Android) Of limited use, but better to have than not have.
Medical Apps Red Cross First Aid (Apple) (Android)
Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid. Features: • Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. • Fully integrated with 9–1–1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time. • Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy. • Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies. • Easy to use Spanish language toggle.
Medical Apps CPR and Choking (Apple) (Android)
The CPR & Choking application provides instant information on how to perform CPR and how to aid a choking victim. These are short video demonstrations and are compatible with the latest recommendations from the major international resuscitation organizations including the American Heart Association and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
Location Apps Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android.
GPS Tracker for Android. Family Locator simplifies life in the digital world by making it easy to stay connected to the people who matter most. With Life360 you can: • Create your own groups, called “Circles,” of loved ones, friends, teammates — whoever matters most and chat with them in Family Locator for FREE. • View the real-time location of Circle Members on a private family map that’s only visible on Family Locator • Receive real-time alerts when Circle Members arrive at or leave destinations (Eliminate disruptive “Where are you?” texts) • Track stolen phones or lost phones
Location Apps Emergency Alert System for Apple.
Alert, track and notify loved ones as well as 911 in an emergency situation. Silent Beacon provides you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you and your loved ones are able to instantly connect. The emergency alert system for the digital age.
Location Apps Road ID eCrumbs App for Apple and Android.
This is one I use when off by myself running, biking or hiking. It’s a way of alerting people by email and text if something happens to me and I stop moving for a certain period of time (mine is set for 5 minutes), or past a set overall time limit. The all new Road ID App is a great tool for runners, cyclists, hikers, and walkers. With features like eCrumb Tracking, a Stationary Alert, and a custom Lock Screen, the Road ID App is your perfect training partner. As a side note, the five minute alert sounds and the phone vibrates when stationery — useful to find your phone when you wipe out mountain biking and your phone flies into the woods. Speaking from experience.
Location Apps Google Earth (Apple) (Android)
Disaster Apps Red Cross Hurricane App (Apple) (Android)
Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe — a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
The Wildfire APP: Apple Android
Disaster Apps Earthquake Alert for Android. Quake feed for Apple.
Disaster Apps Weatherbug (Apple) (Android) Get real-time weather conditions, forecasts, and accurate & animated weather maps for all the locations you care about. Plus, get the fastest alerts to severe weather including all NWS and NOAA watches and warnings.
Disaster Apps Disaster Alert (Apple) (Android)
A free download providing mobile access to multi-hazard monitoring of and early warning for “Active Hazards” around the globe. Additional information and reports about hazards can be viewed and shared.
Disaster Apps FEMA (Apple) (Android)
The FEMA app is your one-stop-shop with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters. Stay updated with weather-related alerts from the U.S. National Weather Service. Save a custom list of the items in your family’s emergency kit, as well as the places you will meet in case of an emergency. Get tips on what to do before, during, and after over 20 types of disasters. And locate open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person at Disaster Recovery Centers.
Miscellaneous Apps Flashlight (Apple) (Android)
Location Apps There are several topo map Apps you can buy. I’ve used a number over the years but the best one I’ve found is Gaia.
The basic app is free and then there are two levels of membership. The premium, which is discounted 20% via my affiliate link, is $32 for a year but for the number of types of maps you get, it is definitely worth it. One useful thing to using any map app is to download the map tiles you want to use beforehand (when you’re out in the wilds with no signal) and you learn how to use the app. They also send interesting email updates on various outdoor activities that are very informative from outdoor experts.
Knots 3D ($4.99) (Apple) (Android)
Tie, untie and rotate more than 100. Knots are an essential part of emergency and survival training.
Miscellaneous Apps Wild Edibles ($5.99) (Apple) (Android)
Explore free edible plants in your backyard. The ultimate foraging guide: identify, cultivate, and prepare over 250 plants! • Identify using up to 8 images per plant (over 1,000 images in total!) • Now includes map enabled notes — privately track locations of your favorite plants * Filter by region, season, and other plant attributes • West coast specific plants • New cultivation information helps wild plants stay forgeable year after year • Identification, harvesting, preparation, and recipes. • Choose to download high resolution versions of images
Miscellaneous Apps Scanner Radio (Apple) (Android)
Listen to live audio from over 5,300 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world. Useful for getting a feel for the level of emergency in your AO.