September is National Preparedness Month. In the confusion and chaos surrounding sudden disasters like severe storms, wildfires or terrorist acts, there is little that is more nerve-wracking than separation from family and friends. Whether you are apart when the disaster strikes or suddenly separated during the event, the stress and uncertainty can be short-lived if you have a strong preparedness plan in place. Preparation and peace-of-mind go hand in hand. We’ve gathered some useful apps to download so you have them at your fingertips when an emergency situation arises:
The FEMA App contains disaster safety tips, interactive lists for storing your emergency kit and emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers.
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Offering videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice, it’s never been easier to know First Aid.
The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.
This all-inclusive app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The Tornado App puts everything you need to know prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand.
Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross – A hurricane tracker app available for iPhone and Android. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
Be ready for an earthquake with the Earthquake App from American Red Cross. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.
This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.
The FBI Child ID app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.
The My TSA mobile application provides airline passengers with 24/7 access to the most frequently requested airport security information. Using this app can save you time and money by sharing helpful tips to prepare for security before getting to the airport, including knowing what items can and can’t go through security in checked or carry-on baggage.