Apps List Page
It’s important to be prepared no matter where we are. These apps are a great tool to have in your preparedness arsenal. While your battery might not make it through the night, with the help of some of these apps, you or a loved one likely will.
What is included in these Apps?
- Preparedness Planners
- First Aid Information
- And even a Flashlight!
American Red Cross: Mobile Apps: from the American Red Cross, there are multiple apps designed to get you information for specific disaster types and emergency scenarios. From floods, to hurricanes, wildfires, general first aid and pets, the Red Cross has provided multiple offline capable apps to assist you in a time of need.
Dropbox is an online, cloud storage service that offers a mobile app. It is a free service that lets you access your photos, docs, and videos from anywhere, including via the mobile app, and share them easily. This is useful for storing digital copies of important documents in the case of home fires, burglary or natural disasters.
Emergency Radio provides access to real-time information via police and fire scanners as well as maps where relevant events are occurring. (for iPhone)
FEMA App contains preparedness information for different types of disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, Recovery Center and Shelter maps, and more. (for iPhone, Android and Blackberry)
Flashlight-4 uses the iPhone white screen as a flashlight. This app jumped to 3rd from 65th for free apps in the app store download rankings following the recent earthquake off the east coast of Japan. See also Tiny Flashlight (Android)
Google Earth mobile allows user to view the same 3D imagery and terrain as the desktop version. Find current location with the touch of a button; pan, zoom, and tilt view. Search for cities, places, and businesses around the world and view layers of geographic information. User can also search by voice. (for iPhone and Android)
GPS Tuner aggregates a number of maps that then can give on-road or off-road directions that may be useful during disasters when typical navigation markers have been destroyed. (for iPhone, Windows phone and Android)
HealthMap’s Outbreaks Near Me for iPhone and Android was developed by a surveillance team from MIT and Children’s Hospital in Boston in order to try to gain more current information on the H1N1 outbreak at the time. App (and website www.healthmap.org) aggregates a range of data sources, including a user-generated crowd-sourcing feature, to track outbreaks. User can search for outbreaks based on location or disease.
ResponseVision 4.0 Mobile gives you real-time access to the project, mission, supply chain, and resource information you need to manage your emergency response efforts. The ResponseVision® 4.0 (RV4.0) product suite, produced by Emergency Visions, Inc. (EVI), is a proven, end-to-end Disaster Resource Management (DRM) solution designed by emergency management experts, developed utilizing the latest cloud-based innovations, and deliverable to virtually any device. (for iPhone and Android)
First Aid from the American Red Cross. This app saved lives during the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and offers up-to-date, just-in-time first aid training and information (including instructional videos) which are stored on the phone and accessible when out of cell phone range. (for iPhone and Android)
Psychological First Aid (PFA) Tutorial App PFA Tutorial provides a just-in-time review for those who have previously received training to provide PFA. The tutorial describes the four core actions of PFA providers, reviews ways to engage with disaster survivors, lists common reactions to traumatic events, and provides an opportunity to check understanding in practice scenarios. Available for iPhone, Android and as a mobile website.
PTSD Coach app can help individuals learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. Together with professional medical treatment, PTSD Coach provides dependable resources. If you have, or think you might have PTSD, this app is for you. Family and friends can also learn from this app. (for iPhone and Android)
WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) is a mobile application designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. The WISER application extracts content from TOXNET’s Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), an authoritative, peer-reviewed information resource maintained by the National Library of Medicine. (for Android, iPhone and iPad)
ReadyNova was developed to assist residents and business owners in developing a Family Emergency Plan or a Business Emergency Plan and follows basic and accepted emergency management practices. Both the Family Emergency Planner and the Business Emergency Planner provide an easy to use tool in developing your emergency plan. (for Android and iPhone)
Do you know of any other free apps for mobile devices that can be useful in emergency situations? Share them with us! (email Kathryn: firstname.lastname@example.org)