By Sandra – Guest Post
While many of us likely picture SHTF scenarios completely devoid of technology such as smartphones and electricity, there are many emergency and disaster scenarios where technology could prove quite useful and perhaps even save your life.
Aside from common apps you probably already have on your phone, such as a flashlight app and the compass app, there are quite a few others you should add to your smartphone that could prove very useful in any emergency situation.
Here are six essential apps every survivalist needs.
Wild Plant Survival Guide
You might have read our previous post on apps that can help you identify animals and plants in nature. Well, the Wild Plant Survival Guide app takes it a step further and helps you identify plants that are edible. In a situation where you’re on your own without extra food, this app could save your life. It provides details and color photos about more than 100 plants to help you identify which are edible and which are poisonous. The app is available for iOS and Android devices for $1.99.
Dropbox is a cloud storage service that allows you to access your files from any location. You can download the app to your phone and use the free storage to back up your important documents. Having copies of identity documents, passports, insurance policies, financial information and medical records immediately accessible during an emergency can save valuable time. The Dropbox app is free for iOS and Android devices.
However, accessing important personal documents online does present some risk. If you are accessing the information from the cloud, especially over an unsecured WiFi connection (which will likely be the norm in a SHTF scenario), you should consider taking extra steps to secure your information, such as using a proxy software service. A proxy software service will encrypt your data and ensure it can’t be accessed by other parties who might attempt to steal it.
5-0 Radio Police Scanner
In an emergency or disaster situation, police and first responders often have the most information about what’s happening. An app such as 5-0 Radio Police Scanner allows you to listen in on the radio frequencies of police and other emergency personnel. You can choose the feeds based on your current location, so whether you’re home or traveling, you can always be aware of what’s happening around you. The basic version of the app is free for iOS and Android devices, but there is also a PRO version that includes an additional 50,000 radio feeds for a one-time fee of $3.99
First Aid by American Red Cross
Knowing how to perform first aid accurately can save lives in an emergency. The First Aid by American Red Cross app provides step-by-step instructions for the most common emergency first aid situations. The content is all preloaded into the app, so you don’t need to have an internet connection to access any of the information; it’s available whenever and wherever you need it. The app is available for free for iOS and Android devices.
Storm Shield Severe Weather
The Storm Shield Severe Weather app provides severe weather updates for your location. You can get real-time voice or push notification alerts for tornado, hurricane, flood, thunderstorm, winter storms and other life-threatening weather events. This app is the best way to keep track of any potential weather-related dangers in your area when your television and weather radio aren’t nearby. The app is available for iOS and Android devices for $2.99.
The Disaster Alert app provides real-time monitoring and alerts about hazards being tracked around the global. The app is part of the Pacific Disaster Center, which monitors potential hazards including natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and volcanoes; weather-related hazards such as droughts and wildfires; human-made problems such as nuclear hazards; and biomedical hazards such as disease outbreaks. You can receive push notifications for specific types of hazards or those within a certain distance and receive updates. The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.
As a survivalist, the goal is to be prepared for any situation. Downloading these apps is just one more way you can be prepared for whatever happens next.
What apps do you rely on in case of an emergency?
About the Author:
Sandra a freelance writer and survival expert. She’s passionate about teaching others how to prepare for emergencies and other disasters, from severe weather warnings to major human-caused disasters. She regularly contributes to The Right Side of Truth and several other sites.