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Top ‘Be Prepared’ Phone Apps

Is your area under a severe storm watch? There’s an app for that!

What do you do if you come across a car accident and someone needs first aid? There’s an app for that too!

That’s right, when you can’t count on the local news to get you the information you need on time, you can count on your iPhone, smartphone or android phone to bring you thousands of apps that will make sure you’re prepared in a variety of emergency situations.

From step-by-step instructions on how to safely perform CPR to advice from experts if you’re involved in an car accident, preparedness smartphone apps will help keep you calm in emergency situations and—they might even save lives.

Here is a complete list of our “must-have” preparedness – Life Saver phone apps:

1. Blood Sugar Diabetes Control

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This smartphone app gives diabetes sufferers a mobile food diary, where they can record and keep track of foods consumed as well as all diabetic patient information. This diabetes maintenance app is available for $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.

2. CPR & Choking

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You can find this free CPR instructional app in the App Store. This smartphone app features handy step-by-step videos that feature the latest C-A-B (chest compressions first, then airway and breathing) guidelines issued by the American Heart Association (from October 2010).

3. Hospitals app

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This app is handy in an emergency pinch as it quickly provides a list of the nearest hospital in your area. Using the GPS on your mobile phone, the app zeros in on your location as well as the 10 hospitals closest to you from over 10,000 hospitals across the U.S. This handy hospital locater app is $0.99 in the App Store.

4. First Aid Pocket Guide

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When you got your first car, your day most likely packed a fully-stocked first aid kit into the trunk, “just in case.” That’s because regardless of how prepared you might be for life’s unexpected emergencies—dad knows best—and there’s always the possibility that you might need that kid when you least expect it. However, if you’ve since ditched dad’s good advice and that first aid kit in your trunk, you can still relay on your iPhone. The First Aid Pocket Guide offers simple treatment guides, the essentials of first aid, and instructions on what to do in the most common trauma and medical emergencies. Isn’t being prepared worth a mere $3.99 in the App Store?

5. Pet First Aid

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all-pets Our furry friends can’t tell when they’re in need of emergency assistance. So it can take a bit of guidance if your pet suffers a cut or a choking incident. With the Pet First Aid app at your fingertips, you can quickly find detailed articles, videos, and images to help you stabilize your pet in an emergency situation—then get them to a vet. You can also use the app to keep track of your pet’s vital medical information and to remind yourself of upcoming vaccinations. The Pet First Aid app is available for $3.99 in the App Store.

6. All Weather Pro

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Get up-to-date iPhone data alerts for weather in your surrounding area—or on the national front.  The All Weather Pro smartphone app features alerts concerning storm watches, tornado threats, and wind warnings in one place fast loading app, instant access to local weather (based on location), for $1.99 in the App Store.

7. Lawyer App

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The legal experts at Bachus & Schanker want to ensure that you know what steps to take to protect your rights and secure evidence in the event of a car accident. The Car Accident App is completely free and features an overview of your legal rights, a car accident checklist, advice and steps for collecting and saving insurance information and witness information in the event of a car crash, as well as an initial case inquiry and free phone consultation with the legal experts at Bachus & Shanker.

This App is available for iPhone as well ass Android phones.

8. Emergency Distress Beacon

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How do you call for help if you find yourself lost in the middle of the woods? How do you alert a search party if you’re trapped in a flood? The Emergency Distress Beacon is a completely free iPhone app that emits just that—a distress beacon—via email containing your current location to your preferred authorities or emergency personnel.

About the author

Colleen A. Harding

Colleen Harding is a freelance writer and guest blogger on topics relating to employment, labor and state law. Her passion for the legal realm started with a job as a Legal Aid and continued when she accepted a role as a Human Resources Coordinator for a mid-sized U.S. manufacturing company. Today, Colleen hopes that sharing her knowledge via legal freelance writing will make us all happy, law-abiding citizens. She is also a member of Amnesty International as well as an active volunteer in her community of Katy, Texas

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