50 Emergency Apps That Turn Your Phone Into A Life-Saving Device

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50 Emergency Apps That Could Save Your Life

One thing most of us carry at all times is our phones, so why not make them smarter? Phones these days can do much more than check emails and take pictures; they can do CPR too (well, almost)! They can be more useful in an emergency situation than you may realize!

There are thousands of apps and more coming out each day. I tried to round-up some of the best emergency apps below, but if I missed one of your favorites let me know!

Emergency Apps – But What About …

I can already see the buts coming my way so let me address some of them here:

No Cell Service?

Anyone that’s been through a natural disaster realizes cell service is often times one of the 1st things to go! Sometimes having good cell service is tough enough, so why would you bother downloading apps to your phone if a disaster is going to wipe them out?

Well, a lot of these apps once downloaded do not need to be connected to the internet or have cell service to run them. Many are informational apps and will still be able to show you how to do CPR, act as a flashlight, or pull-up important documents as long as they have battery power.

No Electricity?

If your cell phone is anything like mine the battery lasts about a day, maybe 2 if I don’t use it! If you want to be able to keep your cell phone charged (or anything else you can’t live without) you might want to seriously consider a a high quality solar charging kit.
There are also numerous USB “emergency charger” battery backups out there such as this one on Amazon that delivers 22400 mAh and these are highly portable; charging via USB and then connecting to your phone to give it one or more full charges when needed. These are super-useful for extending the usability of a cell phone.

Calling Family?

One thing I did learn through my 1st Hurricane was to get a phone with a cord! Cordless ones are great, but they don’t do you any good when the electricity is out and the cell towers are down. So think about picking up a cheapie corded phone to add to your emergency kit, because even when cell service is out – landlines often still work!

Most of these apps are not ones you’ll use every day. However, it’s a good idea to go ahead and download them for when the unexpected happens. Even better, when you have spare time (whatever that is) familiarize yourself with their content so you’ll be better prepared to survive a disaster, or even save a life!

* Most of these emergency apps are available for both the Android and iPhone. Many are free, but others can range in costs.


The best time to prepare for a disaster is BEFORE! Each of these emergency apps will help you get your act together and be the most prepared person on the block!

ice-in-case-of-emergency ICE: In Case of Emergency

Paramedics and hospital personnel will often look at a patient’s phone for an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number to know who to call for you, so it’s a good idea to have an app clearly labeled ICE on your home page so they can find it. The ICE app can store a list of people to call, insurance information, doctor names and numbers, medications, allergies, medical conditions, and special instructions in case you’re incapacitated.

sas-survival-guide-app SAS Survival Guide

Fully downloaded onto your device, no wi-fi or cell signal is needed. In addition to extremely detailed survival information and checklists, you will find videos, quizzes, a morse code signaling device, and a sun compass. This app will help prepare you for urban disasters, natural disasters, how to survive outdoor situations and much more.

wikihow-how-to-and-diy-survival-kit-app wikiHow: How to and DIY Survival Kit

This app covers about every emergency situation you could think of. Explore 140,000+ how-to articles, where you can get help with First Aid, CPR & Choking, Animal Attacks, Vehicle Emergencies, Escapes & Rescues, Natural Disasters, Self Defense, Wilderness Survival, and so much more.

e-food-storage-app E-Food Storage

E-FoodStorage will make it easy to know what is on your shelves. With an easy “scan-in” and “scan-out” tracking system, this app implements your phone’s camera to scan and recognize the products you buy from their barcodes. E-FoodStorage brings your entire inventory to your fingertips along with multiple tools, tips, and tricks to make keeping food storage easier than you ever thought possible.

wikihow-how-to-and-diy-survival-kit-app Winter Survival Kit

People who live anyplace that gets “real” winters know to keep a winter survival kit in their cars: snow brush/ice scraper, water, food, blankets, and more. This app can help you pack that kit, but it also serves as your virtual survival kit. This app will help you find your current location, call 911, notify your friends and family, calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.


Each of us are likely to face different disasters depending on where we live, so make sure to download the apps that are relevant for your area.

american-red-cross-app1 Earthquake

Earthquake – American Red Cross app provides step-by-step instructions on what to do before/during/after an earthquake. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out.

american-red-cross-hurricane Hurricane

Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.

american-red-cross-tornado-app Tornado

Tornado by American Red Cross app provides access to local and real-time information on what to do before, during and after a tornado, including an audible siren when NOAA issues a tornado warning even if your app is closed. Get your family and home ready for a tornado. The American Red Cross tornado app is the complete solution you need to understand and prepare for a tornado and all that comes with it.


One of the best ways to be ready for a disaster is to know what’s going on around you! These emergency apps will keep you up-to-date so you are among the 1st to know of anything that is headed your way.

iMap-weather-radio-app iMapWeather Radio

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, even if your phone is in “sleep” mode, iMapWeather Radio will wake up your iPhone and alert you when dangerous weather is on the way. If you’re traveling, the app will automatically update to your current location. It’s also a full-fledged weather app. Keep on top of potentially dangerous conditions with iMapWeather Radio.

disaster-alert-app Disaster Alert

Disaster Alert (by Pacific Disaster Center) provides a listing and an interactive map of Active Hazards occurring around the globe. Additional information and reports about hazards can be viewed and shared. The term “Active Hazards” refers to a collection of current and real-time incidents (compiled from authoritative sources), which have been designated “potentially hazardous to people, property or assets” by the PDC DisasterAWARE application.

hurricane-tracker-app Hurricane Tracker

When a hurricane is approaching, you don’t want a storm-tracker map from three hours ago; you need the latest official maps, data and projections. This hurricane-tracking app is for serious weather junkies and people who want the most accurate information as they make decisions. Hurricane Tracker: Includes video, radar images, alerts and minute-by-minute tracking updates, so that you can follow a storm all in one place.

outbreaks-near-me-app Outbreaks Near Me

With HealthMap’s Outbreaks Near Me application, you have all of HealthMap’s latest real-time disease outbreak information at your fingertips. Open the app and see all current outbreaks in your neighborhood, including news about H1N1 influenza (swine flu). If you spy an outbreak, be the first to report it using the app’s unique outbreak reporting feature.

scanner-radio-app Scanner Radio

During a disaster, everyone hears rumors. What’s really going on? The answer might be found on police band radio, which you can pick up using this free app. This isn’t talk radio; it’s an unfiltered feed of cops, firefighters and other public-safety officers. It shouldn’t be your only news source, but it could be worth listening in. For iPhone’s take a look at 5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite.


When things get chaotic it’s easy to get lost – or maybe you need to relocate to a safer place. These apps will help you find your way ANYWHERE in the world.

mapdroyd-app MapDroyd

The MayDroyd has Entire country maps. The GPS and compass work without cell service, so this map app survives even if the internet doesn’t. Use GPS sparingly, as a means to get a fix on the map and to save on battery power.

google-sky-map-app Google Sky Map

Do you know how to read the stars? All you do with the Google Sky Map app is point it at the sky and it will read the stars.

back-country-navigator-app Back Country Navigator

Use your phone or tablet as an offroad topo mapping handheld GPS with the Back Country Navigator app! Explore beyond cell coverage for hiking and trekking. Download topo maps for the US and many other countries in advance, so you won’t need cell coverage when navigating.

gps-grid-reference-app GPS Grid Reference

GPS Grid Reference: Great app for outdoor sports, running, hiking, site survey, search and rescue, travel and more!!. Many GPS & Compass features, combines with various OFFLINE maps (UK OS map, USGS, OSM, Mapnik, Topo & Cycle and more!).

motionx-gps-drive MotionX GPS Drive

MotionX GPS Drive is a popular app to guide you out-of-town on an unfamiliar route. This app provides navigation and connects you to your local driving community. The software even should work without a cellular signal if you plan ahead and download and save the maps.

spot-connect-app SPOT Connect

The SPOT Connect App is a revolutionary satellite messenger engineered to transmit messages via satellite from virtually anywhere in the world, whether you have a signal or not. You do have to buy their hardware and sign up for their service, but it might be worth it if you are often in remote locations.


Sometimes there will be no one around to help you when an emergency arises, or maybe you are someone’s only hope. What would you do? These emergency apps will help guide you through saving yourself or the life of someone else. Definitely take time to familiarize yourself with them before you find yourself in a life or death scenario.

first-aid-cpr-app First Aid & CPR

The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. This emergency app prepares you for whatever life brings with videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice. Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.

hands-only-cpr-app Hands-Only CPR

To treat an adult suffering from cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association recommends hands-only CPR. No more mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But you still have to do it right. The official Hands-Only CPR app walks you through the two-step checklist: Call 911, then start chest compressions. A brief video shows you what to do.

lactmed-app LACTMED

If you are a nursing mother take a look at this app. LactMed is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives are provided to those drugs where appropriate.

wiser-app WISER

WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) is a mobile application designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. Even if you are not a 1st responder, knowing what to do and how to handle hazardous materials might be crucial information in an emergency.

remm-app REMM

REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management) provides guidance about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injuries during radiological and nuclear emergencies.

the-merck-manual The Merck Manual

In case the information in GotoAID is not detailed enough for you, there is plenty more in this app. This manual has been written by more than 300 medical experts. It has information on animal bites, burns, chemical burns, fractures, head injuries, nose bleeds, and much more. The app is fully self-contained; no Wi-Fi or cellular Internet connection is needed.


No matter how prepared you think you are, there are just times we all could use some help. Would you or your family know what to do, or where to go to get help?

red-panic-button Red Panic Button

Allows users to send their GPS location to pre-set emergency contacts with just one touch. If you’re caught in a dangerous situation, getting the word out might be a lifesaver. You just have to set a panic number or email address and the phone will send a message which contains your address and location.

shelter-view-app Shelter View

When a hurricane or earthquake drives people from their homes, the American Red Cross steps in to provide shelter. This app maps locations across the U.S., and includes details such as the agency managing the shelter, capacity of the shelter and current population, the associated disaster event and the specific shelter address and location.

fema-app FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app contains preparedness information for different types of disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster and a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations and shelters.

emergency-app !Emergency!

You probably are aware that not all countries use 911 for the Police, Fire Department and Medical Services. If you travel a lot, but do not always have time to find out the important numbers of the country you are in, then this app is for you. Just install this emergency app on your phone and it will detect what country you are in, and dial the correct number in case you should need it.


Everyone can probably agree that the top priority in any disaster is finding your family. So whether you are trying to let them know you are ok, or re-uniting with everyone after a catastrophe, these apps will help you do that.

life360-app Life360

Life360 can help you find your loved ones, get safety alerts to them or call for help with the tap of a button. It also provides neighborhood safety monitoring. Lets you see family members’ locations and send text messages and emails to them.

social-alert-app Social Alert

Send out a message to your friends and relatives in case of an emergency or crime. Integrating with social networks most of us already use such as Facebook, Twitter and text messages, you can send out a custom emergency message with your exact location, helping authorities pinpoint exactly when and where you are.

facebook-app Facebook & Twitter

In a crisis, social media can turn from gossip lines to possible lifelines. Whether your friends and family are safe or in danger, they could be posting about it on Facebook and Twitter. Plus, you’ll know about some local businesses that are open after a storm or other natural disaster. Public agencies also post updates on Twitter, so consider following the National Hurricane Center, FEMA and your local transit agency and police department.


Here are some basic apps on nearly every phone that can help during a crisis too!

notepad-app Notepad

A place to jot down quick notes and ideas can come in handy anytime, but especially when preparing for or going through a disaster. It can be a place where you store lists, last-minute things you need to grab, medications, health history, important numbers, things to do, and anything else you can think of.

calculator-app Calculator

The calculator isn’t just for helping kids with their homework. You can use it during a crisis to figure out the cost of items when cash registers are down, add up how long you can survive on the food/water you have stored, or even how many zombies you’ve killed 😉 – By the way is anyone still reading this post?

camera-app Camera

If you don’t have time to jot down notes, a camera is great for remembering things you want to do, make, or add to your preps. The camera can also come in handy for everything where you need visual documentation, like an accident, event, or an agreement.

game-apps Games

Sometimes surviving is just trying to keep the kids entertained! You can download books, movies, and thousands of games to keep them occupied during a crisis (or even a dental appointment)!

dropbox-app Dropbox

You may have all intentions of grabbing your laptop when the house catches fire, but what if you can’t? If you have copies of your important files stored in a Dropbox account, you should be able to access them even if your computer doesn’t make it out.

flashlight-app Flashlight

If the power goes out, a flashlight app can be invaluable. No more rummaging around your drawers for a flashlight during those first few confusing moments. Remember however, that these apps can result in high battery drain, so you want to make sure your phone is fully charged.

gasbuddy-app Gas Buddy

Gas prices may be high, but they’re not likely to vary much among the gas stations. During a crisis though, that could all change. GasBuddy uses your GPS to display up-to-the-minute gas prices near you.

Have You Ever Downloaded an Emergency App?

So what apps do you currently have that could help you survive a disaster? I would love to hear if there are any emergency apps I should add to my list, or if you plan on downloading any of these!

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