March 29, 2016

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Emergency Response At Your Fingertips: 3 Must-Get Apps

These days there’s an app for just about everything, even for emergency preparedness. But with thousands of high-tech iPhone and Android applications to choose from, how do can you know which ones can actually be useful for you and your family during an emergency situation?

Our team did some research, browsed through some of the top-rated apps on the market and came up with 3 apps we believe every family should consider downloading as an additional step in emergency/disaster planning.  

Check them out below and happy prepping!  

  1. FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app takes the number one spot. This comprehensive app includes:

  • Alerts from the National Weather Service
  • Disaster Reporter  
  • Custom emergency safety information
  • Maps of disaster resources
  • Safety tips
  • Access to apply for federal disaster assistance.
  • Information in Spanish

Download here: https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

 

  1. Pocket First Aid & CPR.

Runner-up is the app from the American Heart Association. A few things this unique app offers:

  • Detailed videos with life-saving information on how to respond in first aid situations like choking, CPR, seizures, cuts and wounds, and more.
  • Device storage so a user can access information without cell phone reception
  • ‘My Info’ tab to store family members’ medical information

Download here: http://appcomm.org/pocket-first-aid-cpr/

 

  1. Shelter Finder by American Red Cross

Last but certainly not least, this application maps shelter locations across the United States. In the event of a natural disaster, a user can choose a location and zoom into a local area to view nearby shelters and details like who’s managing the shelter, how many people are there, and of course, the specific shelter address and location. Another great feature is that if you’re looking to make a contribution, they make it possible to donate and help the American Red Cross give aid to those in need.

Download here: http://appcomm.org/shelter-finder-app-by-american-red-cross/

 

Stay safe, but most of all, stay prepared! 

 


Susie Plascencia
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