Apps for an emergency

Apps for an emergency

Summary: You never know when disaster may strike - so here are some top apps that prove useful.


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  • Name: Disaster Alert

    Developer: Pacific Disaster Center

    Compatibility: iOS | Android

    The disaster alert application provides a list and interactive map of natural disasters happening across the globe. 

    You can view disaster updates via an aerial or road map. Each 'disaster' includes a hazard warning, time and date markers and updates every thirty minutes.

    The marked disasters include hurricanes, drought, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis. 

  • Name: Help I Crashed My Car

    Developer: Help I Crashed My Car

    Compatibility: Android

    A free download for Android users, the app lets you pre-load emergency contact info, personal data, and vehicle information -- including make, model, and insurance.

    The app also tracks your location via GPS, and offers you a checklist of what to do after an accident. The list is a tad long, but does include the information you need to get from other drivers involved in the system. 

    For iPhone users, there is a similar alternative Car accident report.

Topic: Apps

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  • Windows Phone 8 does have some catching up to do...

    I'd definitely like to see some of these for my Windows 8 phone.
  • Silly.

    Buuuuut in a full on disaster wouldn't cell signals be null and void?
  • RE rockinwiththekwest

    Actually no, in the Haiti disaster by report cellphones and wifi were pretty much the only form of communications. While landlines were torn apart the wifi network apparently kept on going and this permitted communications during the disaster.
  • Might work if the tech's still around...

    ...but like someone else pointed out, usually in a disaster cell signals get disrupted. Might not have happened in Haiti, but that doesn't mean it'll never happen.

    For the record, I was in Cuddalore, in southern India, during the Thane cyclone of 2011 (look it up) and we were stuck for 3 days with no electricity or cell phones.
    In fact the only things that *did* work were good ol' fashioned land phones.