Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Whether you are injured in an auto accident or left without electricity after a natural disaster, it is important that you have access to apps that could possibly save your life in an emergency. In today’s society, your smartphone is practically chained to your hip. Having life-saving smartphone apps on your cell phone could be the difference between life and death.
Family Locator by Life360 keeps you in contact with your family members when you’re not together. You can see your loved ones on a private map that lets you know everyone’s location with just one click. You’ll be able to keep track of your kids when they’re traveling and if there’s an emergency, they will be able to press the alert button. The alert button sends a priority message to everyone in the circle via voice, email, and text. Because your first concern is knowing that your family members are safe, this app allows you to keep track of their movements and stay connected.
The Battery Doctor
Following Hurricane Irma, many Florida residents of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties were without power for several days. The Battery Doctor by Cheetah Mobile Inc. is an important app that would come in handy when you need to save power to your mobile device. This app’s primary objective is to conserve your battery, so you will be able to use your phone for extended periods. It will stop other apps that put an enormous strain on your battery. You’ll be able to extend the life of your device, which is important when you’re not sure when you will have access to electricity or a working generator. The Battery Doctor also keeps your battery cool by disabling apps that produce a tremendous amount of heat, like widgets and games.
Medical ID: In Case of Emergency
Whether you have Lupus or an allergy to latex, emergency medical officials should know before they begin any procedure. If you are in an accident and EMT’s reach the scene, but you are unable to respond, your phone can tell them all they need to know with the Medical ID app. Medical ID by Laurent Pellegrino allows you to create profiles for your medical information that can be seen on the lock screen. Emergency medical professionals will have easy access to vital information that can help them, including your blood type, allergies, and other relevant medical information. You can also establish emergency contacts, so doctors and nurses can get in touch with your relatives in case you are unable.
Not all life-saving apps are used after the disaster has occurred. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 3,477 individuals died in 2015 due to distracted driving. These tragedies have raised national awareness to stop dangerous behaviors, such as sending texts or watching videos on your cell phone. The Safe Ride app prevents distracted driving by blocking access to your device while your vehicle is in motion. Your screen will remain locked to prevent you from answering text messages or checking email notifications. You’ll still be able to make emergency calls as well as use a hands-free headset. You can also listen to music and books or begin navigation, but those programs must be activated before your car starts moving.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates that more than 735,000 people have heart attacks each year. About 47% occur suddenly and result in death outside of a hospital. PulsePoint operates to empower the community to act even before an ambulance arrives. Once an emergency call is received from the dispatch center, PulsePoint activates by sending emergency medical professionals and nearby volunteers who are CPR-trained as well as the location of the nearest AED station. Volunteers will receive alerts on their phones letting them know they are needed in the area. They will be able to offer assistance until the EMT’s or paramedics arrive.
Disaster Alert by Pacific Disaster Center is an app that provides information on disasters around the world. With this program, you can be vigilant about the possible disasters in your area or in parts of the world that your loved ones reside. Knowing where there is a possibility of flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, or tornados can give you a head start for leaving the city or preparing for the event. The Disaster Alert not only gives you information on natural disasters but also makes you aware of medical emergencies, such as viral outbreaks and wildfire hazards.