Friday, November 1, 2013

16 Free Android Apps for Emergencies

Your cellphone is likely to still be functioning during the early moments of many disaster scenarios. Here's a list of free Android apps that could prove useful in case of emergency. Some great apps are missing from this list because their free version isn't worthwhile. Although I give priority to apps that are useful offline, not all of these apps may work without an Internet connection. The name of each app links to the Google Play store; Amazon App store links are also provided where available.

  1. Army Survival Guide. People seem to love these survival guides!
  2. AroundMe. Identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Supermarket, etc. Shows the distance for each business from wherever you are.
  3. Brightest Flashlight. Lights up your device's screen, your camera's flash, any LED's, etc. at full brightness. [Download from Amazon]
  4. FEMA. Preparedness information for different types of disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations (one-stop centers where disaster survivors can access key relief services) and Shelters, general ways the public can get involved before and after a disaster, and the FEMA blog.
  5. First Aid by the American Red Cross. Expert advice for everyday emergencies. Includes videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.
  6. Guardly. Contact via conference call and/or private instant messaging up to 15 members of your family or friends & 911 when you’re in trouble, and help them to locate you in time.
  7. Maps by Google. You can choose to make a map available offline.
  8. Micromedex Drug Information. All you need to know about drug identification, contraindications, dosage, etc. (works offline).
  9. Scanner Radio. Live audio from over 4,100 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world. [Download from Amazon]
  10. SD Emergency by the County of San Diego. I use this and include it here of an example of what may be available where you live. Disaster preparedness information, interactive checklists to help you to create your emergency plan, build an emergency supplies kit, and when disaster strikes; the SD Emergency App will keep you and your family informed with emergency updates, interactive emergency maps, and shelter locations.
  11. Smart Compass. For devices with built-in magnetic sensors.
  12. Translate by Google. Translate text between over 70 languages, and listen to your translations spoken aloud. Offline language packages available.
  13. Useful Knots. When the ol' granny knot just isn't cutting it. [Download from Amazon]
  14. Smart Voice Recorder. Record for long periods in high quality. Skip periods of relative silence.
  15. WebMD. Help with your decision-making and health improvement efforts with mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. Access to first aid information available offline.
  16. ubAlert disaster alert. Crowd-sourced. Get real-time alerts based on your location.
I'm always on the lookout for new and better apps, so feel free to comment with your recommendations. Thanks!

1 comment:

  1. Nice list of apps, I was wondering why don't you also have a look on way to run android apps on pc. I will try these 16 apps on PC and will give your feedback