Do you consider your mobile device a tool for safety and survival, in addition to communications?
This is the list of the mobile apps I review in my Pet First Aid Certification & Disaster Preparedness course. They are useful to pet owners, pet care providers, and emergency personnel, or anyone who wishes to have resources for emergencies, weather events, and disasters right at their fingertips!
Pet & Human First Aid Apps
Red Cross Pet First Aid – The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice, it’s never been easier to put your pet first aid and CPR skills into action! This app also enables you to find your nearest emergency vet hospital or pet-friendly hotels, if an emergency or evacuation arises.
Red Cross Human First Aid App – The official American Red Cross First Aid app provides expert advice for everyday emergencies. The app is fully integrated with 911 so you can call EMS from the app. Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an internet connection!
Severe Weather & Natural Disaster Warning Apps
Dark Sky – Dark Sky uses state-of-the-art technology to predict when it will rain or snow — down to the minute — at your exact location, and presents it to you alongside beautiful weather visualizations. Very handy for pet sitters, dog walkers, or anyone who has to be out and about outdoors as part of their job. We love this app!
The Weather Channel – Enjoy the best day possible with the most accurate forecast available. Can be programmed to send push notifcations and weather alerts to your mobile device.
Download this app: Apple (Free Version)
Disaster Alert (Pacific Disaster Center) – Disaster Alert is a mobile multi-hazard monitoring application created for iOS and Android users. By accessing the DisasterAWARE platform, it provides users with near real-time access to data on active hazards globally—showing events that are designated potentially hazardous to people, property, or assets.
Designed to meet the information needs of disaster managers and state and local government users, this free, subscription-based Emergency Operations (EMOPS) system provides a secure environment for accessing, updating, and sharing information before, during, and after a disaster.
NOAA Weather Radio – NOAA Weather Radio is a premium NOAA WEATHER application to listen to over 200+ NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Broadcasts. Get the latest Warnings, Watches, Advisories and Forecasts and other hazards 24 hours a day 7 days a week straight from the National Weather Service.
In addition NOAA Weather Radio can ALERT you to potentially life threatening weather via audible push notifications directly to your device 24/7 even if your not currently using the application and your device is asleep and locked. Also you will be able to retrieve the current conditions along with a detailed 4 day forecast for the weather station your listening to or you can get current conditions along with a detailed 4 day forecast based on your current location via GPS or Wifi.
NOAA WEA Wireless Emergency Alerts (No app needed) – Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.
Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.
You can receive the following alerts:
- Extreme weather warnings
- Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action
- AMBER Alerts
- Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
Floodwatch – FloodWatch allows users to monitor rivers and streams throughout the United States. Add USGS gauges to your favorites for quick monitoring of local current gauge height, precipitation, and flood stage. Great for animal care givers and emergency responders who need to know if roads are open or closed due to flooding in their local area.
QuakeFeed – QuakeFeed has the most features of any free earthquake app and is ad free. Includes 7 base maps provided by Esri, the worldwide leader in GIS (geographic information systems). Choose from either the 1-day, 7-day or 30-day USGS data feeds. The app is location aware so you can find quakes that are closest to you.
Download this app: Apple
Earthquake Alert: Android
Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Apps
ASPCA Disaster Preparedness App: This free app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records, and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.
Download this app: Apple
Disaster Readiness Guide – Disasters hit when you least expect it and this guide will help you and loved ones be ready to rebound from almost any disaster or emergency quickly and safely.
Topics cover everything you’d expect from a Disaster Readiness guide and includes sections on how to make your own Disaster Supplies Kit, how to re-charge your phone when there is no electricity, how to purify water, and even where to get pills to protect yourself from nuclear radiation.
OFFLINE ACCESS – In a disaster there will always be a chance wireless communications and/or the internet will be unavailable. Googling wont be possible. By having this content local on your phone means it will be available whenever and wherever you need it. Be ready and be safe.
Download this app: Apple
Red Cross Weather, Emergency, First Aid & Safety Apps – Explore ALL the latest free weather, emergency, first aid and safety apps from the American Red Cross, including the Monster Guard app FOR KIDS!
Download these apps: Red Cross Mobile Apps
FEMA App – The FEMA mobile app for phones and tablets contains disaster safety tips, an interactive emergency kit list, storable emergency meeting locations, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
The app also has a Disaster Reporter feature, allowing you to take and submit GPS photo reports of disasters so they can be displayed on a public map for others to view.