When Facing an Emergency Turn to These Apps

It may seem like there are a lot of pointless and frivolous apps out there. But there are some useful apps, and there are some that could help you in an emergency situation. Whether you need directions to the nearest hospital or an escape route to avoid a flash flood, these smartphone apps could save your skin.


AroundMe is a locater app that’s been around for some time. Using it you can find the closest bank or gas station in a pinch. You can see how this would prove useful in an emergency. Say you are on a road trip and someone you are with has a medical emergency: with AroundMe you can quickly and easily locate a hospital by choosing that as your category. It’s obvious why AroundMe is such a well-liked app.

CPR & Choking

What this app does is all in its name. It gives you lessons and advice on what to do if someone is choking in your area (pro tip: familiarize yourself with the app BEFORE you need to use it). This is ideal for people who have never taken a CPR course or those who are fully trained in it. In an emergency situation is difficult to keep a cool head so this app is ideal for people who have never taken a CPR course or people who have been fully trained but have rusty skills. It’s totally free, and was developed by the University of Washington and King County EMS.

Emergency Radio Free

What if there’s an armed criminal on the loose in your community? What if a tornado has been spotted? You can stay informed with Emergency Radio Free, an app that permits you to access hundreds of police, fire, weather, and other live emergency radio feeds from across the country. It’s easy, too, to identify and tune into radio feeds in your specific community. You can even save radio feeds to a favorites area so that you can access them quickly should an emergency pop up.

These apps cannot protect you completely but they are good to have in your toolbox to help safeguard you should a crisis strike.


Posted on: 08.17.12