These are dangerous times. Nature is unleashing droughts and record-setting high temperatures. It seems like a new tornado is tearing through the Midwest every day. And those are just the big emergencies. Suppose you lock yourself out of your car when your toddler’s stuck inside? Thankfully, there’s a whole class of apps which will help you deal with emergencies big and small. Here’s a closer look at three of these apps that may be able to bail you out in the event of an emergency.
AroundMe has been around for quite a while, but it remains to be a top locator app. With it, you can discover everything from the nearest gas station to the closest bank. It is easy to see how AroundMe might help in case of an emergency. Say your infant is sick, you’re in a unfamiliar city, and you must find a hospital right away. Just log onto the app, select the category that you need – in this situation, “Hospital” – and find the nearest medical provider to you. It’s little shock that many consumers consider AroundMe to be a must-have app.
CPR & Choking
What this app does is all in its name. It gives you lessons and advice on what to do if someone is choking in your vicinity (pro tip: become acquainted with the app BEFORE you need to use it). This is perfect for people who have never taken a CPR course or those who are fully trained in it. In desperate situations situation is difficult to keep a cool head so this app is great for people who have never taken a CPR course or people who have been fully trained but have rusty skills. It’s totally free, and was developed by the University of Washington and King County EMS.
Emergency Radio Free
This app gives you access to police, fire, weather, and other live emergency radio feeds all over the world. You can choose to only tune into the ones in your neighborhood so that you can stay up to date if there is a local emergency, a tornado, for example, or an armed criminal on the loose.
These apps cannot protect you completely but they are good to have in your arsenal to help safeguard you should a crisis strike.