Search the App Store or Google Play and you'll find loads of emergency apps for schools — apps that promise to help teachers communicate with their colleagues, connect with emergency services, and protect students. The problem is, not all of these apps provide you with value. Some don't work properly; others are just way too difficult to use. Here are two of the problems with these apps — and a viable solution.
You never know when disaster might strike. While you can never fully prepare for every threat, these emergency apps can give you a way to find help or get information that could save your life.
Many people keep an emergency contact in their phone, generally labeled as ICE. If you use a passcode for your phone—which you should do—that contact, though, becomes locked underneath your pin code.
Last fall, Apple created a new feature called the “Medical ID” which it keeps hidden in the iOS health app. When I talk with people about their phones, it’s often the feature most people have never heard of, but also the one that could save your life.
One of the most important pieces of information for 911 call center operators in an emergency is often the hardest to determine: your location.
While most people call 911 from their cellphones, pinpointing the location of those callers is difficult and can delay first responders or lead to unfavorable outcomes.
Now, regulators, carriers and technology companies are trying to solve that problem.
Apple’s Find My Friends, Google Maps and Life360 let you stay on top of your family and friends’ locations; they can be incredibly creepy and incredibly helpful.
An organization representing emergency services in more than 80 countries worldwide has argued that apps can be a better way to report an emergency than making a call.
During a national disaster, contacting someone for help can be tricky. Luckily, in the digital age, there are emergency apps you can use without Wi-Fi, or cellular data, during a disaster. While some of these apps are also great hacks for free messaging during international travel, many were actually developed to help people in disaster zones call for help.
Thankfully, if you own a mobile device, you’re never truly alone. If you have an ongoing concern for your personal safety, there are personal safety apps like Noonlight (available for iOS and Android) that connect you to a 24/7 dispatch service for $3 per month. You can also use these services with your Amazon Alexa-enable devices or Google Assistant device to ask for help if you're away from your phone at home. But if you just want a way to warn your contacts if you fail to check-in or otherwise need to send out an SOS, there's no need to pay. Here are great free options for providing a little bit of extra piece of mind.
A new survey of disaster apps finds many options–some prone to failure–and much more to come.
Do yourself a favor and get acquainted with these tools before you need to use them.
So when a friend suggested I free up a little memory on my iPhone for a personal safety app, it seemed like a no-brainer. Right now I have Watch Over Me on my mobile, but there are a ton of different free options that act as alarms or send location updates and alerts to friends when you’re feeling unsafe. Keep scrolling to see eight of the best.
There are some simple things you can to do now to help your future self.
When things go sideways, obtaining accurate and timely information, or getting word from family and friends, can be difficult, if not impossible. But staying connected is a crucial part of surviving a natural or manmade crisis. Enter mobile applications.
We are living in the world where perilous situations can happen to anybody, requiring emergency rescue assistance and relief operations. You might be on your way home from work and suddenly confront an unpredictable disaster or accident that you never imagined before. In a time like this, communication technologies and social media tools emerge as a viable solution to respond to emergencies, connect with rescue specialists and maintain personal safety.
Apply first aid, face natural disasters, and more.
You can give yourself peace of mind should you ever find yourself in a scary situation simply by downloading one of these apps now.
The disaster readiness tools you don't want to be without.
Over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day.
AED Registry will automatically locate the nearest AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to your location with details and directions, and also other AEDs within a 2-mile radius. AEDs are identified with various degrees of confidence to know which AEDs are ready to save a life.
This app provides videos that help you know what to do if someone you know is undergoing a medical emergency or cardiac episode.
Disaster Alert is a free, mobile app that provides individuals, families, and their loved ones with the information they need to stay safe anywhere in the world.
Help keep your family safe in severe weather, man made/natural hazards with Emergency by the American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or area of loved ones, prepare your family and your home, check to see if loved ones are safe and let them know you’re safe.
EMNet findERnow app is the fastest, most reliable emergency room (ER) finder on the app market today. The findERnow app will locate the closest ER with just one click by using the most comprehensive national database available.
The FEMA App provides timely alerts and useful information to help you and your loved ones stay safe before, during and after disasters.
Easy First Aid Emergency provides you with easyand effective first aid information, helping you to deal with a wide range of emergency situations.
f you love to spend time in the outdoors, stack the odds in your favor if something goes wrong and you can't call for help.
Now called….ICE Medical Standard App lets you put your Emergency Medical Contact Information on Your Smartphone's Lock Screen Image Overlay Display, if you are in an Accident, First Responder’s, EMS, EMTs, FEMA, and ER Staff can find Your Emergency Medical Contact Information as soon as they turn on your Smartphone
Kitestring checks up on you when you’re out
and alerts your friends if you don’t respond.
Life360 is the world's leading realtime, location-sharing app, and is the best way to coordinate with family and friends. Get automatic notifications when your family comes and goes from home, work and school, and when they complete drives.
The moment your thumb leaves your phone’s screen, authorities are poised and ready to help. Unable to enter your disarm code and they’re on their way.
With smartphones allowing you to create a Medical ID, you can get immediate help in an emergency situation. With this Medical ID that you can access from your phone’s Emergency Call screen, people can identify you as known and refer you medical record. a pre-installed health app lets you create the ID.
You can view a person’s Medical ID by tapping on Emergency Call on the lock screen. The ID will pop up with their details such as Full name, blood type, emergency contact - Redbytes
With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.
You can monitor natural disasters around the world, as published by the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System - www.gdacs.org.
Nextdoor is the best way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighborhood—whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, planning a local event, or sharing safety tips. There are so many ways our neighbors can help us, we just need an easier way to connect with them.
It contains info on how to make fire, build a shelter, find food, heal and other useful content in a case of emergency.
When CPR-trained individuals receive an alert from PulsePoint Respond, it tells them not only where a cardiac arrest event is happening, but also where they can find the nearest AED. But often, data on AED locations can be missing, inaccurate, or simply not detailed enough to make the devices easy to find in an emergency. That’s where the PulsePoint AED app comes in.
With the free PulsePoint AED app, citizens can help even before a life is in danger by easily identifying public access AEDs throughout the community. Users place the AED location on a map, add business and descriptor information and submit photos of the AED in context of its environment.
Considered as a great help in peril, Red Panic Button is a user-friendly, safety-ensuring EWVAS (Early Warning and Vulnerability Alert System). It sparks off one-to-many communication the moment you push the Red Panic Button in the app.
When the button is pushed, your GPS location details are accessed by linking to Google Maps. The app then sends it to a previously set contact list via SMS or email. To enhance safety, the app also allows you to post your worry to Facebook and Twitter -Redbytes
Walking somewhere and don’t feel safe? Whether you’re walking to your car in a dark parking lot or going for a jog in an unfamiliar place SirenGPS helps keep you safe with a panic button right on your phone. With just a touch of a button connect immediately to 911.
Create an emergency plan for you and friends or family.
The webPOISONCONTROL® mobile app provides expert help for a possible poisoning. It helps users determine if an exposure is dangerous and requires medical attention.
Setting up Zello for your family can help you communicate with each other, although everyone will need a working cellular data connection or Wi-Fi to speak to each other - Jim Rossman