New smartphone apps are rolling out all the time and it can be difficult to keep up or sort out what is useful for emergencies. Here are our top ten favorite apps – right now anyway!
Life360 Family Locator lets you send and receive check-ins (whether during an emergency or not) and take part in private family chats. (Free)
iTriage helps you evaluate your symptoms and find (and book) a doctor if you need to. (Free)
Army Survival Guide is based on the Army Survival Manual. Now you can have the whole thing right on your phone! ($1.99)
SAS Survival Guide is the penultimate survival guide. Written by a former soldier, the SAS Survival Guide is how you’ll survive anything, anywhere. ($5.99 or “Lite” version for free)
Camscanner lets you scan and store important documents using your phone’s camera. Get your insurance information, real estate titles and other critical documents uploaded in just a few minutes. (Free)
Maps with Me are offline maps of nearly any place in the world. ($5.99). Another good one is Topo which lets you download and use offline USGS 1:24000 topographic maps for any place in the U.S. and Canada; includes route-tracking/marking.
Scanner Radio lets you tune in to live audio from over 4,000 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world on your phone. (Free or $2.99 for deluxe)
Disaster Alert is your window into real-time disasters all over the globe. (Free)
First Aid by American Red Cross is still on the top of our list. Every person with a phone should have this app, including your kids. (Free)
Flashes the internationally recognized SOS signal. You can only yell so loud for so long. (Free)