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Emergency Apps for Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Other Natural Disasters

Three days of food and water is not enough. Prepare your digital first aid kit to help weather the next hurricane, flood, earthquake, or wildfire.

Apps in this Guide

When disaster strikes, you'll fare better if you've stocked 72 hours' worth of water and nonperishable food, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, first-aid kit, extra batteries, whistle,moist towelettes,more

When disaster strikes, you'll fare better if you've stocked 72 hours' worth of water and nonperishable food, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, first-aid kit, extra batteries, whistle,moist towelettes, a wrench or pliers, a manual can opener, local maps, a cell phone with chargers, and a backup battery. But what's on your mobile phone may be just as valuable. You can pull up Google's Public Alerts to start, and then check out our top 17 apps to help you before, during, and after the next emergency -- whether it's a hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, or flooding. Many of them work online and off!

What to Do Before an Emergency

Hurricane Hound

Hurricane Hound

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As its name implies, Hurricane Hound enables you to track active hurricanes using US radar and weather satellite data.

Weather Underground

Weather Underground

Weather Underground is a crowdsourced information app that brings hyperlocal weather forecasts to your smartphone. You'll also find photos, interactive radar data, and satellite maps.

Natural Disaster Monitor

Natural Disaster Monitor

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Easily monitor tropical cyclones, tsunamis, floods, and more as color-coded icons, differentiated by threat level, in a list or Google Maps backdrop.

First Aid by American Red Cross

First Aid by American Red Cross

Get invaluable, life-saving tips and instructions to help you and others survive everyday emergencies and natural disasters -- such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes -- with the official American Red Cross first aid app. American Red Cross also has a slew of apps to help you during specific disasters, including Tornado (Android, iOS), Flood (Android, iOS), and Hurricane (Android, iOS).

Disaster Alert

Disaster Alert

Get notified about upcoming hurricanes, tropical cyclones, tsunamis, as well as floods, storms, and wildfires, so you're not taken by surprise.

Ice Standard ER 911

Ice Standard ER 911

ICE Standard ER 911 puts your vital health info and emergency medical contacts on your lock screen, so first responders can see it all immediately, whether you're dazed, confused, or unconscious.

What to Do After an Emergency

Facebook

Facebook

Facebook may be a source for fake news, but it's also a great way to notify you that your loved ones are safe, courtesy of the Safety Check feature. So make sure to mark yourself as safe as soon as you are.

FEMA

FEMA

You've survived the disaster, but now what? The FEMA app, developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, ensures that you find local relief centers to access key services, shelter, and more.

ReUnite

ReUnite

ReUnite is one of the most valuable apps around if you're separated from your loved ones during a natural disaster. To report a lost or found person, just upload their photo and information.

What to Do During an Emergency

SirenGPS Mobile

SirenGPS Mobile

Dialing 911 from a mobile phone doesn't bring instant aid, because dispatchers need some location info to find you. SirenGPS puts them at the touch of one big red button. If your community subscribes to Siren 911, nearby first responders will receive your location and profile (emergency contacts, medical history, allergies, and current medications, which you input into the app), improving your chance of being rescued in time.

Red Panic Button

Red Panic Button

Set a panic number of your choice and generate a message or email containing your location, quickly determined using your GPS- or GSM-based coordinates.

Trusted Contacts

Trusted Contacts

Just add your loved ones and allow them to request your location. You can share your whereabouts proactively or when requested. If you're unable to respond to requests, then your last known location is shared automatically, even if you're offline or out of battery.

Zello Walkie Talkie

Zello Walkie Talkie

Zello Walkie Talkie may have made the news and topped the App Store during recent hurricanes, when word spread that volunteers were using it to coordinate rescue efforts. But the push-to-talk wide-range communication app is useful in more temperate times as well.

Lifeline Response

Lifeline Response

For a subscription fee of $4.99 per month, you'll get a more immediate emergency response (based on GPS information and cell towers triangulation) than if you called 911 and had to explain where you were.

SafeTrek

SafeTrek

For a $2.99 per month subscription fee, you'll get emergency help with the press and release of a button.

Pet First Aid

Pet First Aid

Animals are people, too, especially cats and dogs. So get first-aid steps for over 25 common pet situations via text, video, and images, or locate your nearest emergency vet hospital.

Emergency: Alerts & Notifications

Emergency: Alerts & Notifications

Track the places you care about with real-time disaster alerts or monitor loved ones with in-app messaging.

Find My Family, Friends & Phone - Life360 Locator

Find My Family, Friends & Phone - Life360 Locator

Life360's Family & Friend Locator uses GPS location data to inform you where your registered friends and family are in real time.