Smart Phone and iPad Apps for Emergency Managers & Citizens (collated from IAEM discussion group with additions from Jim Garrow)

  • American Red Cross: “SOS” Description: Offering emergency care protocols & guides, by the American Red Cross & Dr. Oz.“The American Red Cross and Dr. Oz have teamed up with Sharecare to create the ultimate emergency care app exclusively for Android mobile devices. The S.O.S. app provides step-by-step video narration by Dr. Oz and follow along demonstrations allowing people to quickly and confidently respond to common emergency situations with the goal of saving lives. This free app also includes an expansive Resource Guide for easy access to additional emergency care information.” <>.
  • American Red Cross “Hurricane” App. From their site: “Monitor conditions, prepare your family and home, find shelters and let others know you are safe even if the power is out. Learn more.” Get the app now for iPhone or Android devices or search the iTunes or Google Play app store for “Hurricane by American Red Cross.” <>.
  • Bomb Threat Standoff App (iPhone and iPad) (one star rating)
  • City Sourced The platform enables citizens to use their smartphones to report problems like crime, graffiti, litter, abandoned vehicles, illegal dumping, etc. Example: San Jose City.
  • Disaster Readiness ($1.99; for iPhone, Android): Developed by Phoneflips, designed to help smartphone and tablet users prepare for and manage through a number of emergency situations .
  • DisasterAlert – Lifetime Access ($24.99; for BlackBerry): Available at BlackBerry App World, DisasterAlert. Provides access to information about worldwide natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and displays your geographical location on a map in relation to the disaster area.
  • Earthquake Buddy “This app will pin-point your location as soon as a 5.5+ earthquake strikes, and send an instant, geo-tagged mapped email to 4 chosen friends.” iPhone only Accessed October 8, 2012.
  • Emergency Response Guide (ERG) Hazardous Materials Response: iPhone
  • Emergency Radio ($0.99 cents; for iPhone): A police scanner app– delivers thousands of live radio feeds, such as police, fire, EMS, air traffic, Coast Guard, railroad,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather, and others.
  • Engage by E-View: “Receive 30-second ASL videos with news & events for the Deaf along with emergency alerts that vibrate and flash on your Smart Phone!” 

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