Blog entry by Alessia Martine
Suppose you are stuck in an emergency or want to prepare for a disaster that is about to happen as announced by the forecast, then you should have some essential applications on your handset that may help you when you need some urgent facilities. Emergencies might come in unexpected ways. Be it an earthquake, hurricane, flood, tornado, or fire; it is recommended that you should have essential tools to deal with the situation. Below, we have mentioned some of the best apps that are available for iOS and Android that might help you with any unexpected circumstances.
- First Aid: Disaster Readiness App
This is one of the best applications from the American Red Cross, which has lots of information regarding emergencies related to health. This app checks for updates every hour, and it can be used in situations where you cannot right away access the hospitals. This application teaches you how to act in different situations of emergencies. The app has two different teaching systems; one is for providing knowledge about how to control the bleeding, perform a CPR, treat a broken bone, etc. It also teaches you how to deal with allergies, burns, asthma, choking, heat strokes, stings, bites and meningitis, and more. The other one is for learning how to prepare disasters like floods, landslides, volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, drought, and more.
The emergency section of the application has more information about what needs to be done during, before, and after an emergency like heart attack, hypothermia, diabetic emergency, head injury, etc. You can also test your knowledge by taking out different quizzes and can get the directions and details of the hospitals that are near you.
Zello is an application that acts as a walkie talkie for making quick calls. This application is ideal for all ages. It has lots of public channels along with some channels built particularly for disaster management. This application is best for staying in contact with individuals or a group of individuals. Many private channels can be created within the application so that the messages sent by you can only be accessed by an individual or a group of individuals. However, there are also public channels which can be joined by anyone. If you want to join any channel related to a specific topic, simply type the topic in the search bar and click on it to see if there are any particular channels available about that topic. This app is very beneficial during emergencies as you can lock your phone and still listen to what conversation is going in the group. This feature makes it very much helpful during different kinds of emergencies. It is compatible with iOS as well as Android.
FEMA is one of the best disaster alert application which can be accessed on both iOS and Android. It is known as one of the most precise emergency apps that have unique emergency alert facilities. FEMA is widely known as the Federal Emergency Management Agency that is a part of the Department of Homeland Security. FEMA helps you in getting real-time alerts regarding all types of disasters. You will get full control over the alerts of the location that you add. Be it alerts regarding floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, typhoons, freezing rain, snow, ice, avalanches, public hazards alerts, extreme temperatures, and many more. This application delivers alerts regarding child abductions, civil dangers, nuclear power plants, hazardous materials, evacuations, riots, radiological hazards, and more. The app also teaches safety tips for emergencies, reminds of alerts for testing smoke alarms, disaster resources like shelters, updates emergency kits, and much more.
It is a location-based social networking application that can be used for any kind of post emergency alerts. You can directly communicate with your neighbors; you do not even know. Talking help of your community will provide you the strength to deal with an emergency. Nextdoor performs this task of yours very efficiently. You can also use this application for broadcasting any emergency alert. If you have this application on your device and any emergency arises in your neighborhood, you will be the first to get alert regarding the situation. You can then connect with the neighbors of that place, to ask them about the situation. This application can be used on Android as well as on iOS.
It is one of the best applications related to family location tracking and is an easy-to-use app for almost all ages. This application, in case of emergency, can quickly connect with the family members of an individual. It is very necessary to know about the location of the individual stuck in an emergency, and Life360 is one of the best ways by which you can track the location of that particular individual. You can quickly know where the person is, and you will get alerts regarding his movements if he leaves or arrives at a specific place you have set up.
This application only gives you alerts when there is a case of an emergency. This is pretty good compared to the constant monitoring where you have to spend excessive time and power on your device for continuous monitoring. You can also create a private group for texting and informing everyone at once about the crisis. It also has a Help Alert feature that, when enabled, can call and email a group of members at once. The application is free to download on both Android and iOS.
I am Alessia Martine. I’m a software engineer living in Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315. I am a fan of technology, web development, and programming. My passion is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet, and new media. I write for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.