Given its versatility and portability, your phone is the best place to store disaster planning information. Your phone’s emergency functions can include:
- Storing emergency contacts
- Planning and sharing evacuation routes
- Wildfire and storm tracking
- Earthquake early warning
- Storing critical medical information
- Housing a home inventory for insurance purposes
- Accessing critical documents you may need in an emergency
- Illumination and emergency sirens
- Mass notification of your status to friends and loved ones
- Probably much more.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are short emergency messages from authorized federal, state, local, tribal and territorial public alerting authorities. It is likely already set up on your phone. If you go to the safety and emergency settings in your phone, you can ensure that it’s switched on.
This is a preventable problem with the right equipment. Given the importance of your phone, it’s highly recommended that you purchase a portable charging device that can be crank or solar powered so that you can continue to use your phone even when utilities are out.
Recommended Preparedness Apps
Red Cross Emergency App
Receive location-specific emergency updates, monitor people and locations of concern to you, send out Safe and Well notifications and more.
Red Cross First Aid App
Do you know what to do during a choking, respiratory, severe bleeding or cardiac emergency? This app will show you how to save a life – perhaps your own.
This is an app that you likely have and use already. You can program and share pre-identified family reunification spots in Maps, and its Wildfire layer is second to none.
Do It Later
While in the midst of an emergency, your want to respond to concerned texts from loved ones, but you need to focus on the task at hand. Auto-text replies can help.
Receive hyper-local updates on weather conditions in your very neighborhood. Great for tracking major storm activity, and for monitoring your evacuation route.
All My Stuff
In the aftermath of a disaster, you may find yourself making insurance claims to cover your losses. Creating a visual inventory of your possessions is a must.
Not every disaster impacts thousands of people. Some events – like car trouble, can occur specifically to you. This app can get you the help you need at the moment you need it.