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8 Apps That Could Save Your Life

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September 17, 2016 · 2.6k Views


These days it seems that there is an app for just about everything. There are apps for browsing on the internet, online shopping, sharing pictures, watching videos, playing games, and more. Chances are you already have a variety of mobile apps on your smartphone, and although you probably use at least half of them on a regular basis, many of the apps aren't as life changing as you may initially assume. Here is a list of smartphone apps that really could save and change your life.


  1. Family Locator by Life360 (free on iOS

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    Keep tabs on your family or let them keep tabs on you. The Family Locator by Life360 works as a location sharing app that keeps track of the traveller on a map and allows the traveller to alert loved ones of their arrival and departure. Users can also connect through messaging and share to-do lists. This is a useful app for anyone who is travelling to another country or to a remote area

  2. SirenGPS (free on iOS)

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    If you're ever in an emergency situation, the SirenGPS app is just a button press away. This app makes it easy to dial 911 to contact police, the ambulance, or firefighters. Once you download the app on your phone, be sure to fill out your personal information on your profile. The app's GPS system will help first responders locate you in the time of an emergency.

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  3. SAS Survival Guide ($5.99 on iOS, $5.99 on Android)

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    Scary situations and life-threatening disasters happen, prepare yourself for nearly every possible situation with the SAS Survival Guide. This book-style app features 9 chapters including essentials, camp, polar, sea coast, desert/tropics, wild food, hunting, first aid, and urban. The comprehensive app includes guides, photos, and videos to help you learn everything you need to know about surviving even the most frightening situations.

  4. ICE Standard (free on iOS, free on Android)

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    Carry all your personal contact and health information with you everywhere you go. The ICE Standard app is the digital version of the emergency contact card you used to carry in your wallet. Fill out everything in the app's form including name, address, date of birth, emergency contact phone numbers, blood type, medications, allergies, and illnesses. This is one app everyone should have on their phone just in case.

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  5. First Aid by American Red Cross (free on iOS, free on Android)

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    Here is a mobile app that could save that could not only save your life, but it could also save the lives of others. This app offers everything about first aid you need to know including basic first aid, emergency situations, and disaster help. You'll find this app has a variety of useful information including videos, diagrams, disaster preparedness checklists, and much more.

  6. FEMA (free on iOS, free on Android)

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    Here is another app for emergencies and disaster preparedness. The Federal Emergency Management Agency app includes everything you need during serious situations including various disaster preparedness guides, weather alerts, a map of FEMA recovery stations, emergency kit lists, and disaster resources. This mobile app will also let you set up alerts for important things like smoke alarm tests, fire escape plan practice, and more.

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  7. Winter Survival Kit (free on iOS, free on Android)  

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    Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and earthquakes aren't the only things you should prepare yourself for. Many of us live in cold and harsh winter climates that make 4 to 5 months out of the year difficult. The Winter Survival Kit is good to have if you're at risk of getting stuck somewhere out in the winter snow. The app offers many benefits including locating your whereabouts, alert loved ones, and calculate how long you can run your engine without getting carbon monoxide poisoning. It also allows you to call 911 for emergencies.

  8. HealthMap: Outbreaks Near Me (free on iOS, free on Android)


    Stay as healthy as you can by avoiding any dangerous outbreaks that might affect you or you family. The HealthMap: Outbreaks Near Me gives you the latest news and information regarding influenza illnesses and other similar diseases. You can also find out about the most recent outbreaks in your area.


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Anna Peel is a freelance writer from Savannah, Georgia. She's written for many websites including CheapToday, ValueWalk, and Peku Publications. When she isn't writing, she is shopping for the best deals online and at bricks-and-mortar stores.

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