In an Emergency Turn to These Apps

It may seem like there are a lot of useless and frivolous apps available. But there are some helpful apps, and there are some that could even help you in an emergency situation. Whether you need directions to the nearest hospital or an escape route to avoid a flash flood, these smartphone apps could save your skin.


AroundMe has existed 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 nearest bank. It’s easy to see how AroundMe might help in case of an emergency. Say your child is sick, you’re in a unfamiliar city, and you must find a hospital right away. Just go to the app, click the category that you need – in this case, “Hospital” – and find the closest 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 in its name. It provides you with lessons and advice on how to proceed if someone is choking in your vicinity (pro tip: familiarize yourself with the app BEFORE you need to use it). This is great for people who have never taken a CPR course or people who are fully trained in it. In desperate situations situation is difficult to keep a level head so this app is ideal for those who have never taken a CPR course or people who have been fully trained but have rusty skills. It is completely free, and was designed 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 community so that you can stay up to date if there is a local emergency, a tornado, for instance, or an armed criminal on the loose.

Of course, no app, no matter how impressive, will be able to safeguard you completely from harm should danger arise. These apps, though, will give you the chance to be better prepared should an emergency strike.