5 Essential Apps For Emergencies

by Michael

Today, our cell phones have become an integral part of our lives that provide us with an infinite amount of information at our fingertips.  Unfortunately, our phones can become a crutch in emergencies when we do not have access to our cellular or wifi networks. That’s why we’re highlighting 5 apps for your phone that can help you in a disaster but can be used completely offline.

Top 5 Apps That Everyone Should Have:

  1. Flashlight Ⓞ App – This free app turns your Iphone into a flashlight by activating the flash on the camera to its brightest setting which can be turned on and off. By turning your Iphone into a very bright light, this app allows you to never leave home without a flashlight. In addition, this app has the additional benefit of a built in compass.  If you haven’t downloaded this free app, do so immediately.
  2. Offline Map App – In an emergency, your phone may not be able to download any data from the networks or wifi, which is why you should have an offline map app on your phone with your local area maps pre-downloaded. The free MapsWithMe Lite App allows you to download the street maps of entire states or countries so you’ll always have them available. For topographical and trail maps, try the free AllTrails Hiking & Mountain Biking Trails, GPS Tracker & Offline Topo Maps Apps which downloads any of your favorite trails for offline use.
  3. Pocket Survival Reference App – The Survival Pocket Reference App has over 500 pages of information from the Department of Defense publication titled Survival, Evasion and Recovery. This app provides a searchable, offline, quick reference guide on basic survival, evasion, first aid and recovery information for only 99 cents.
  4. SAS Survival Guide App – For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world. Now, the million-copy bestselling book is available as an app with easily reference information and videos for $5.99 but there is also a free lite version that you can try out as well.
  5. Battery Boost Magic App – These apps are only useful so long as your phone has power, which is why you need this free app to optimize your phone use. The app will let you know exactly how much power you have for talk time, wifi/internet, GPS, standby time and 2D/3D app use.
  6. Bonus 6th App: Twitter – No, I don’t think that hearing the latest Kardashian tweet is essential to life or death but Twitter has evolved into one of the best real-time information tools available. Want to know what that loud boom was in your neighborhood and where exactly it came from? Search twitter and there’s a good chance that someone in your neighborhood just tweeted about it. Twitter can also be a great tool for organizing with your fellow doomsday preppers. Look how powerful an influence Twitter had during the Arab Spring and imagine the difference it could make in an emergency when seconds count in getting relevant information.

What apps do you have that you consider essential for an emergency?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Donald Bates October 30, 2012 at 10:03 am

I downloaded the Battery Boost Magic App just for the fun of it. I have to admit that it gives quite a lot of helpful details to help me optimize my smartphone’s usage.

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Esther October 31, 2012 at 5:05 am

Another thing I’d highly recommend going along with your smartphone would be a portable solar charger. All of us are familiar with the notoriety of the short battery life spans of smartphones, and the last thing you’d want to do in a blackout emergency is to be stranded with a dead phone and frantically searching for a power socket which has no power supply…

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James November 1, 2012 at 7:15 am

Mobiles can be your greatest friend in a crisis but network failure in a crisis renders them useless. This offline apps with emergency info should be on everyone’s phones.

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Myra Cooper November 1, 2012 at 8:03 am

The Flashlight App is a must have. It really is brighter than what you’d expect.

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