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How to turn your phone or tablet into a live police and emergency scanner

2. Scanner Radio

One of the most valuable things in an emergency is real-time information. You can plan and strategize all you want, but unless you have up-to-date information, it doesn't do you any good. Scanner Radio can get you the real-time information you need.

Get access to live police, fire, weather and radio repeaters from around the world. You can add local stations to a favorites list and see the Top 50 list of the most-listened-to stations.

These emergency radio stations are updated every five minutes. You can also get personalized alerts when lots of people are on a station at once, indicating there might be an emergency.

This app is free and available for Apple and Android smartphones.

3. Emergency Radio

The term "Police Scanner" can sometimes be a misnomer. Most police scanner apps actually pick up a wide spectrum of police, fire, commercial and ham radio feeds.

Emergency Radio is no different. You'll gain access to thousands of live feeds including EMS, air traffic, NOAA and more.

The list of available feeds is always growing, and you can search and save your favorites. You'll even be able to listen in the background while running other apps.

This app costs $1 and is available for Apple smartphones.

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