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Apps for Emergency Preparedness

by MLN Staff

Unexpected emergencies can have devastating affects on you and your families. Flooded towns, power shortages, tornados, heart attacks, and even pet allergic reactions can occur suddenly and have tragic results. However, you can prepare for emergencies with Mindful apps.

During emergencies it’s important to stay connected to others, stay informed, and stay calm. Preplanning can make all the difference. You can create your own first-aid kit or an emergency kit filled with important documents, money, and food that can help you during a crisis. But these are not the only tools that can help you in times of danger. You can also download smartphone apps that can be of help during emergencies.

Listed below are a few Mindful apps that can help you and your family during emergencies:

  1. Flashlight Apps. If an emergency occurs and the power goes out, you’re going to need a light source like candles or a flashlight. Fortunately, if you don’t have a flashlight on hand, you can use your smartphone. Flashlight apps like Flashlight or Super-Bright LED Flashlight turns your smartphone’s camera light into a flashlight. But use it cautiously, as flashlight apps can drain your cellphone battery.
  2. Apps for Emergency Preparedness. It’s important that you are well informed on safety tips and tools before an emergency occurs. Luckily, there is an app that can help you with that. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app gives you tips for many disasters including earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, and wildfire. The app also has an emergency checklist that can help you create the perfect emergency kit. This app also offers disaster recovery tips and a helpful blog.
  3. First Aid Apps. In case you or someone you know gets injured during an emergency, it’s important to know how to treat the problem. The American Red Cross has a First Aid app that can help. This app offers first aid tips for asthma attacks, burns, poisonings, seizures, strokes, and hypothermia. It offers quizzes that test your knowledge of emergency preparedness for things such as broken bones, head injuries, choking, and allergies. It also helps you find a local hospital. The Pocket First Aid & CPR app offers similar tips. It also lets you store your medical and insurance information.
  4. First Aid Apps for Pets. Humans are not the only ones that suffer during emergencies and natural disasters; animals need first aid support, too. The Red Cross app, Pet First-Aid, can help your beloved pets in emergencies. The app will help you find a local vet hospital. It has “how-to” videos for pet CPR. And the app also teaches you how to treat pet for wounds, car accident injuries, and allergic reactions.
  5. Apps for Seeking Shelter. If during or after a state of emergency you find that you’re in need of shelter, consider shelter apps. The American Red Cross app, Shelter Finder, helps you find Red Cross managed disaster shelters. The app gives you the location, the capacity, and the current number of people already in the shelter.
  6. Battery Saving Apps. When you’re in an emergency situation, it’s important to stay connected to your family, friends, and the rest of your community. That’s why it’s crucial that your smartphone stays charged for as long as possible. Save and conserve your battery life with apps like Easy Battery Saver. These apps optimize your battery life with options to change Wi-Fi, brightness, and GPS status. Most apps have different saving modes to meet your battery life needs as well.

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