When traveling in different States of the U.S.
You probably already have a disaster-preparedness kit (if you don’t check out ready.gov for what to include.) Don’t count on working cell or WiFi service in a disaster, or power to charge your batteries. Keep charged backup batteries for mobile devices in your disaster kit.
These 11 apps are ones that we use or have learned about from our guests that can benefit RVers and travelers of all sorts.
1. Get the latest weather no matter where you are traveling.
And now, it's all available on your smartphone. Click on these links to see the available downloads, some free, some for a fee.
2. Know where the disasters are.
PDC has released a new version of its popular Disaster Alert, a free-download application ("app") for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices that provides users with instant access to worldwide hazards information. The app informs users of active hazards around the globe —current and near-real time incidents that are designated "potentially hazardous to people, property, or assets"—via maps and lists, with links to other useful information about the events and their potential impacts. Download the disaster alert apps here.
3. First Aid/CPR Guidance
first aid app with free lifesaving first aid instruction... and disaster preparedness information including videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.
There is a similar app from the American Heart Association for iPhones and for Androids
4. Hurricane Tracking and Preparedness
There are numerous hurricane tracking apps. This American Red Cross link has their app plus links to several others as well.
5. Earthquake App
6. Wildfire Help
Be ready for a wildfire with Wildfire by the American Red Cross. Get notified about active wildfires, as well as fire weather warnings, prepare your family, home and pets, let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area that is susceptible to wildfires or has loved ones that do. Get the app here.
Offered by the American Red Cross, the application maps locations and shelter details across the United States. Zoom in to your local area. View shelter details: the agency managing the shelter, capacity of the shelter and current population, the associated disaster event and the specific shelter address and location. Download the Shelter Finder Here.
When weather threatens the Point and Click App can keep you appraised of approaching severe weather. A variable distance selection can be set using miles or kilometers.
9. Know where to obtain emergency fuel.
Locate gas stations near you and see their current gas prices. Get the Gas Buddy App Here.
10. A Cutesy but handy app to keep you out of the dark
Never be caught without a flashlight. This app is available for all devices and puts out a pretty good light. Just remember to use it sparingly in an emergency to save your smartphone battery.
Just search your app store on your smartphone for flashlight apps and you'll find several.
Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website! Think emergency info! You could transfer all your medical, allergy, blood type, etc. info easily on your smart phone. If you needed medical help in a disaster this info could prove invaluable to medical personnel. Download DropBox for Mobile Here.
It's best to download and familiarize yourself with these apps before you need them. If the links in this post are only good for an Android or only for an iPhone, just search your App Store or marketplace on your smartphone for the app you need.
Also, most people already have a map application on their cell phones. Either use it or a regular map to familiarize yourself with your location and know the county you're in. That's usually info you'll need to determine emergency conditions near you. Hopefully you'll not need these apps and all your travels will be smooth sailing.
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