One the best ways to get through an emergency situation is to prepare in advance. The right supplies and planning can mean the difference between life and death.
In addition to your usual collection of emergency items, many of which you can find in my store, a smartphone or tablet can be a valuable tool, especially loaded with these emergency apps.
Emergency Medical Center Locator (Free; iOS) – Find the nearest and most advanced specialized emergency rooms in the country using this app.
Specialized hospitals include trauma, stroke, eye, pediatric, cardiac and burn. All you need to do is enter your ZIP code and you will be directed to the nearest center via Google Maps.
American Red Cross Shelters (Free; iOS) – Run by The American Red Cross National Shelter System, which contains information on 60,000 potential disaster facilities, this app provides you with real-time information about its shelters across the U.S.
You can view shelter details, such as capacity and current population, address and location. If you need a place to take refuge, this app can help you find it.
iTriage (Free; iOS, Android) – Developed by two emergency room doctors, iTriage lets you search medical symptoms and learn about potential causes. It isn’t a replacement for a medical professional, but it can help you keep someone alive until help is found.