5 Apps To Keep On Your Phone In Case Of An Emergency


1. First Opinion

If you have a medical condition that needs an expert opinion but doesn’t necessarily warrant a visit to your doctor immediately, or even a trip to the hospital, First Opinion could be your go-to electronic help. This chat app allows you to talk to a doctor and send photos for free — with no insurance required. In some states, an extended plan is available for $39/month that provides prescriptions, labs, diagnoses, and doctor’s notes.

Using the app, users are easily able to message medical professionals within just minutes and get medical advice that actually helps the individuals make decisions about whether the pain required the ER, urgent care, or just some R&R.

2. Avenza Maps

Chances are you’ve heard those stories about travellers or tourists accidentally taking wrong turns in their vehicles in national parks or the desert or in an unknown area and getting lost for days on end before being rescued. Thankfully, Avenza Maps is a free app that uploads high-quality maps to your phone, which rely on your phone’s GPS signal instead of data or Wi-Fi, so you can access them wherever you are, regardless of signal strength or location. Some maps are free, while others are typically less than $5, and they’re specialised for hiking, recreation, national parks, tourists, transit, and more. Once the map is on your phone, you can drop place markers, record GPS tracks, and find specific coordinates — like the nearest ranger station or hospital in an emergency.

3. Guardly

Whether you’re traveling overseas on business (or just for a vacation), in a parking garage with poor reception and data coverage or just simply sitting at home at your desk, Guardly alerts and connects you with your organisation’s security operations instantly, without a hassle. Launching Guardly activates its location detection capabilities, transmitting real-time GPS location and indoor positioning within buildings while providing two-way communication with private security, 911 authorities and safety groups.

Administrators may also utilise the app by sending mobile alerts based on location or user-group, ensuring reliable messages in case of an emergency.

4. Life360

While Life360 is portrayed as more of a way for families to keep in touch, it also has the ability to connect someone who might be trapped or in danger and needs immediate help. Life360 lets an individuals family set up a private network, then with a click of a button, they can let each other know where they are at all times and if they’re safe. During natural disasters, many people are unable to get through to loved ones on their mobile phones. Still, thousands of people using Life360 could easily and instantly tell their loved ones that they were safe.

The app also has a panic alert feature you can activate to immediately contact chosen family members via text, email and a voice call to give your location at the moment you need help.

5. ICE (In Case Of Emergency)

The ICE app allows its users to easily store important information for first responders and hospital staff to use in case of an emergency including emergency contacts, insurance information, doctor information, medical condition and anything else you would like to have easy access to and provide without a hassle.

The app allows individuals in the hardest situations, like if they were in an accident and unable to unlock their phone, for example, the ability to use the app even if the phone is locked. The ICE lock screen also includes an optional “if found” message in case you lose your phone and a good citizen comes across it.

The app is currently available in 13 languages allowing users to switch between them in case an emergency arises while you are traveling.


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