Apps You Need In Case Of An Emergency

[LIFE AND TECH] The Apps You Need in Case of Emergency

The aftermath of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas

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It’s been a rough week or so, y’all. The Boston  Marathon bombing, the Texas explosion, and an earthquake in China have simultaneously  drained and strengthened our collective human resolve to push forward in the  face of adversity. I have to show love to all of the trained personnel who  responded to each of these tragedies, as well as the everyday folks that didn’t  hesitate to offer aid when people needed it the most. One of the most  striking images from the marathon bombing was that of  Carlos Arredondo, known simply as the “man in the cowboy hat,” who was  assisting a man whose legs were severely injured in the blast. While he may have  gotten coaching from emergency personnel on the scene, would you know what to do  to help stop someone’s bleeding? What about first aid for a heart attack,  stroke, or choking? If not, here are a couple of tech tools that could just save  a life.

The First Aid app from the Red Cross is an invaluable  tool to give you the information you need to provide immediate first aid to  someone in a crisis. The app provides step-by-step instructions, as well as  short videos demonstrating some of the techniques. It also has a separate  section to help you prepare for an emergency as well. Tips on what you  need to do to get ready for an earthquake, fire, flooding, or other potential  critical situations can mean the difference between life and death in an  emergency. In the case of any emergency situation you should seek professional  medical intervention as soon as possible, but the immediate assistance you may  be able to give someone could make all the difference.  The First Aid app  is free and available for iPhone and Android.

Sometimes in an emergency, you only have seconds to try to alert someone to  your situation. That’s where the Red Panic Button comes in. At the push of a button,  this app will send a message of distress and your GPS location information to  your predetermined email addresses and phone numbers. You can also alert your  loved ones via Facebook and Twitter as well. This can be useful if you’re being  attacked, or if you find yourself trapped in a situation where a building has  collapsed. The Android version of the app will also record 10 seconds of audio  before sending the message, which could be invaluable in a court setting if  evidence of an attack is needed. If something goes down, you want to know that someone knows where you are, and for a few bucks this app gives you  that peace of mind.

No one likes to think about worst-case scenarios, but gone are the days when  you can sit comfortably by thinking “this could never happen to me.” Taking  simple steps to be prepared can mean that you’re ready to jump in and help or  that help can get to you in case of emergency.

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