There are more and more apocalypse movies out there and though we don’t have zombies running around, a natural disaster could happen anytime, and it is better to be ready for anything. These apps can help you keep yourself and your family safe in the event of an emergency. Get advice on how to prepare, place to go afterward and keep up on the breaking news.
1. ICE Standard
ICE is something that is good to have all the time but especially in the event of an emergency. If you find yourself in the hospital and unconscious for some reason, it can be hard for a nurse or doctor to contact the people that are important to you. Begin by filling out the form and putting in your emergency contacts, medical conditions, allergies and medications you’re taking. This makes it easy for any provider to know exactly how to treat you safely. You can also set up your phone so your emergency information is your lock screen so a professional doesn’t have to be able to unlock your phone to get to the information.
Not as many people listen to the radio or watch TV as they used to so it can be harder to get disaster alerts. This app makes sure you know exactly what is going on around you and around the country. Begin by plugging in your location and seeing if there are any emergencies near you. You can also look around the map at the country or world. Tap on an alert to get a profile of it. You’ll see how long the alert has been active, what areas it affects and how serious it is.
Winter can be one of the toughest months, especially if you live in colder climates. The app gives resources on what you should do to prepare you home and car for the winter months. Driving can be dangerous if there’s ice on the ground, and there are things to do to keep yourself from slipping. If you do find yourself stuck somewhere and unable to call for help, you can hit the large “I’m Stuck” button on the home page. You can send your location to 911, alert and emergency contact or use the gas calculator.
The Red Cross is a huge resource for disaster safety, and works with victims of disasters. Plug in the location where you live and names of people you care about that are near by. When you open the app, it will let you know if the organization is monitoring any activity in your area or if you’re fine. You can also read about how to prepare for different disasters and can take a quiz at the end to see if you’re ready to protect yourself and your family.
Life360 lets you keep track of your family in an emergency. It sets up a personal network so you can send messages and share locations privately. Check in every so often so you family knows where you are and send messages to everyone at once. You’ll add a photo of yourself to the profile and you can look at the map to see where the people you love are. You can even share lists with them and ask someone to pick up groceries on the way home.