Feb 02 2016

Best Apps to Turn Your Smart Phone into a Safety Tool

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Best Apps to Turn Your Smart Phone into a Safety Tool

The following is a sample list of apps that may be useful as everyday notification resources, i.e., current traffic and weather conditions, local power outages, as well as for putting together emergency plans for yourself and other family members.

These apps are available through the GooglePlayStore for Android. Check iTunes for comparable apps for the iPhone. Apps for Windows phones are more limited.

App / Developer Purpose
Earthquake – Red Cross Toolkit, Alerts, Notification
Flashlight – many choices available Emergency light
 First Aid – Red Cross Injuries/Treatment
Heart Rate – Runtastic Monitor heart rate
Emergency Kit Organizer – Ready PA, Citizen Corps of Pennsylvania Supply lists for home, car, work
One Bus Away – joulespersecond.com King County Metro bus routes
(mobile website) Alerts.Seattle.gov – City of Seattle Emergency news, resource links –“One-stop shop” for City of Seattle during emergencies
Seattle.gov – search “mobile apps” City of Seattle mobile apps
Seattle City Light – City of Seattle Power outage map
WSDOT – State of Washington Highway traffic cameras, ferries
Seattle Tacoma Traffic – osilabs LLC Seattle traffic cameras
Breaking News – NBC News National, worldwide news
WISER (Wireless Information Systems for Emergency Responders) – National Library of Medicine Emergency reference for hazardous materials, chemical incidents
Disaster Alert – Pacific Disaster Center Current advisories, warnings
NOAA Weather – National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Local weather forecasts, advisories
Seattle Times Local news
King 5 News Local news
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HelpBridge – Microsoft Notification, donate, volunteer

Courtesy of Seattle Department of Emergency Management

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