7 emergency apps to save on your phone
past 20 has seen for years ascent in the number of climate-related disasters and the destruction they cause. It has become increasingly crucial to prepare for natural disasters, including unexpected ones. For example, in February 2021, Texas experienced its worst winter storm for decades, it caused a statewide power outage. The growing number of applications on the market provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for natural disasters in the coming months and what to do in emergencies.
As the head of my family emergency planning I’ve been using Red Cross checklists for years since fourth grade, I learned collect sturdy emergency kits, and I recently added apps to my preparation. To get expert feedback on the best (and worst) features of the app, I spoke with two experts, Caela O’Connell, Assistant professor in the Anthology Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Mitch Stripling, National Director of Emergency Response and Response at Planned Parenthood.
Here’s what you’ve learned and what apps experts recommend.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Supports Americans in natural disasters, but did you know that they also have an app to help you prepare for, during, and after an event? There is information on more than 20 emergencies, from avalanches to winter weather. O’Connell advises you to take screenshots of these tips to conserve your phone’s battery in a real emergency.
The app also links to key numbers like 911 and FEMA; so just in case you are preparing or in danger, you can get all the help in one place. After a flood, instructions are also available to initiate a flood insurance claim to make it safe and economically viable.