I grew up in a house where, the second my dad walked in the door, he flipped on the scanner. As a volunteer firefighter (who will celebrate 50 years of service in 2012!), he kept an ear out for any emergency that might see a call out. While I don’t listen regularly, I do appreciate being able to listen in to local traffic as well as emergencies around the country with Scanner Radio. We’ve told you how to be a CrimeStopper with TipSubmit - but what if you hear sirens in your own neighborhood and want to know what’s going on? Scanner Radio might be just for you.
Scanner Radio, which comes in both a free and pro version, lets you search for scanner traffic by area. The audio is provided by volunteers from around the US – as well as other parts of the world. There are nearly 3000 channels of both emergency and weather radios. As the weather gets colder here in the Midwest, I look forward to being able to listen into the weather radio without having to keep a scanner sitting around the house or office.
The app has a chat feature that allows you to chat with other listeners to a particular channel, although I’ve not tried that feature. In addition, you can set alerts for specific channels such as your local fire and police band. After about two months of use, I’ve found the audio to be pretty clear and easy to understand – although oftentimes there are loads of sirens going off in my neighborhood but no traffic, so I definitely can’t put this in the always reliable category – but as a fun way to check in on things around you, this is a good app to try.
As cold weather approaches in the Northern Hemisphere – do you have any apps that you recommend to help gals stay in the know and be prepared for emergencies?