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iPhone Applications to Deal with Emergencies

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/5/2011

With so many natural calamities and disasters happening worldwide, it is a good idea to always be prepared for when emergency situations strike. Believe it or not, there is an app for that. In fact, we've rounded up five of these emergency response apps that you might find useful during emergencies.

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    1st Response Be Prepared

    1stresponsebeprepared 

    Here's one emergency response app for iPhone that wants to distinguish itself from other apps by focusing on prevention, preparation and response to emergency situations. The app gives you a comprehensive compilation of "what to do" when facing a personal threat, disaster or emergency. It provides you with how-to instructions complimented by full color illustrations. The tips shared by this app are based on authoritative standards which include those from the American Red Cross, National Disaster Medical System, and others - giving you an assurance that these emergency responses are indeed useful and potentially life-saving. (Price: $1.99)

    [Download Link]

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    Community Emergency Response Team Guide

    communityemergencyresponse 

    This iPhone app teaches you about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect your area and trains you in basic disaster response skills including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The app supports CERT members during actual disaster activations. The app also serves as reference material since it contains quick guides for all CERT curriculum topics, checklists, emergency procedures, as well as access to an emergency radio stream throughout the U.S. and internationally. (Price: $4.99)

    [Download Link]

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    American Red Cross: Shelter View

    americanredcross 

    Want to be really prepared during emergencies? Give this iPhone app a try, as it will help you find when and where shelters have been opened where you can seek assistance. The app gives you locations and details about available shelters located in the U.S. It allows you to zoom in to local areas, view details, find out who's managing the shelter, and what the capacity of the shelter is. Another nice feature of this iPhone app is the fact that it lets you view open shelters by state and then find out the latest disaster information through the Disaster Online Newsroom. You can even give donations to help the American Red Cross. (Price: Free)

    [Download Link]

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    First Responder Pro

    firstresponderpro Get this app installed on your iPhone and when confronted by an emergency situation you'll find out how helpful this app is. Some of the things it can do for you include - locating your whereabouts during an emergency, providing emergency radio, providing emergency weather and time of the day, providing emergency life and back up light, and providing your location's latitude and longitude.This app can save your life if you ever find yourself at risk, injured, incapacitated or in any situation when you're in need of any help. (Price: $1.99)

    [Download Link]

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    v.SOS

    vsos 

    The last of our emergency response apps for iPhone is a free offering simply called v.SOS. This iPhone app lets you SMS or e-mail up to five contacts whom you've identified in your profile. It also gives you access to the GEOS Emergency Response Service which is available 24/7 for a monthly fee of $9.97. In short, this iPhone app serves as your personal mobile emergency system. What's good about this app is that it only needs you to hold the SOS button for 3 seconds and the app will contact the Emergency Response Center to give your current location. (Price: Free)

    [Download Link]

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    References

    • Nuvel, Inc.: http://www.nuvelinc.com/vsos
    • Optimized Telecom: http://www.optimizedapps.com
    • American Red Cross: http://www.visionlink.org
    • Deam Manship: http://bit.ly/CERT_App
    • Creative Coefficient: http://creativecoefficient.com/bp
    • Image credit: Screenshots courtesy of the apps' respective developers.