Apps to Help You in an Emergency – Part 1

Apps to Help You in an Emergency – Part 1

Security is critical during emergencies. But how many of us think of it?  There is even a doomsday vault being created just in case it’s the end of all humanity. When some people can think that ahead in life, why can’t we prepare for what could happen right here, right now. Lets not get too complacent and instead figure out ways to stay prepared for any emergency. These tech tools should help.

The Serval Mesh

When it’s an emergency, a natural disaster or a riot, telecommunications are either turned off on purpose to avoid more misinformation reaching the masses or there is a jam on the networks. Or worse, the towers have collapsed in the earthquake, landslide or invasion. In such scenarios, it becomes difficult to communicate with your near and dear ones. Here is where The Serval Mesh, a mobile app, can come in handy. It’s an open source free software that works without a cellular network using your phone’s Wi-Fi and bluetooth that allows you to communicate with other smartphone users in your locality. Or even by forming impromptu networks consisting only of mobile phones. Mesh communications is an appropriate technology for complementing cellular networks. Think of it like two-way radio that has been propelled into the 21st century. For long-range communications, you will still need to make use of cellular or fixed telephone networks or the internet. The beauty of this is that you can make private calls, indulge in secure texting and also share files even when you are underground, and anywhere in the world. This software allows you to easily make private phone calls, send secure text messages (encryption is by default) and share files in caves, in subways, in the Outback, in Australia or Africa, in Europe or the United States — even when cellular networks fail or are unavailable.

Here WeGo

When you are abroad and in a country like China where Google is banned, this app is god-sent, particularly if you have an Android. If you have an iPhone, the Apple Maps are good enough over there. Just like Google Maps, it not only gives you step-by-step directions but also tells you how much it costs to go from Place A to Place B, if you were to take a cab, bus or train.

ICE

ICE or ‘in case of emergency’ cards are quite critical, particularly when you are injured and the bystanders cannot unlock your phone. These cards contain medical and contact details of the people closest to you. There are many apps, but we would single out two to give you an idea: ICE Standard (iOS) and ICE: In Case of Emergency (Android). These apps place your ICE data on your phone’s lockscreen, so no one needs to unlock it to know whom to call. Even more important is your blood group that the doctor can see and immediately start emergency procedures.

Patronus

This is a must-have app that every human being should have on them, if they value personal security. Using your phone’s mobile data or Wi-Fi, this app sends a panic alert to your designated friends and family members if you just press a button on your smartphone or the power button four times. The beauty of this app is that it also sends your emergency contacts your last recorded location using your phone’s cellular network or GPS. What if someone is forcing you to unlock your phone? Before that happens, make sure you don’t use your fingerprint to unlock your phone, because anybody can make a forcible entry into your phone by pulling out your thumb and unlocking it. A passcode is still the best bet in emergency situations, not even the pattern. With this app, if you are forced to unlock your pin, you can type a fake one, and your emergency contact will get an alert.  You can also do something even more brilliant by setting periodic check-ins. If you don’t check in to these messages, a panic alert is triggered automatically. Similarly, you can send automatic panic emails as well. It also connects with your smartwatch too.

Jason Foundation A Friend Ask

In today’s fast-paced times, we can’t be sure of anything. But we need immediate diagnosis. How will you know if your family member or friend is feeling depressed or suicidal? Have a hint, but want to confirm? This app will help with a complete list of warning signs, the do’s and don’ts. It’s best to refer to this app endorsed by America’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline rather than trying your luck online.

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