Free medical, location, survival and other apps that are good not only for emergencies but for day to day life. These are the ones I've loaded on my iPhone. Both Android and Apple links. Most are free. Also, a 20% discount link is included for Gaia, the best map app I've found after using many of them.
FREE Survival and Emergency APPS, including COVID-19 Map and Symptoms Screening App
FREE First Aid, COVID-19
Survival Apps You Need To
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AppsApps are very useful; some can be life-saving.
Following are free apps for a variety of situations
that can save your life and are handy in day to day
Some caveats on relying on Apps:
Your phone needs to be charged.
Your phone could be damaged in an emergency
situation so always have paper backup of maps/first
You need to have your phone with you.
Some Apps require you be able to access a
I have all these apps on my iPhone.
After downloading any App, check and, if required,
make sure you register and add contacts as
It’s a pain to stop and do it when you need it.
Speaking from experience.
All Apps listed are FREE, unless otherwise noted.
My listing of these apps doesn’t indicate
endorsement, but I’m doing this, along with product
descriptions, to give you access and information.
Be careful downloading anything. There have been
ransomware and scammers putting up fake COVID-
19 contact-tracing apps.
Corona Virus App
and Web Page
Web page for a map tracking cases: CORONAVIRUS
COVID-19 Screening Tool Web Page: SCREENING TOOL
Apple COVID-19 App: APPLE
1-Check COVID (Android) (Apple)
Designed by leading health experts at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the 1-
Check COVID app features an easy to use interface that asks you to complete a series of
questions about your symptoms, travel, medical conditions, and exposure. Your assessment
responses and results remain securely stored on your iOS device. Upon completion of the
screening survey, you will be given an option to share your results with your healthcare
provider, clinic, employer, public health service or others.
Center For Disease Control
Of limited use, but better to have than not have.
Red Cross First Aid
Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app
puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. With
videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never
been easier to know first aid. Features:
• Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first
• Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at
• Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy.
• Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to
hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for
• Easy to use Spanish language toggle.
CPR and Choking
The CPR & Choking application provides instant
information on how to perform CPR and how to
aid a choking victim. These are short video
demonstrations and are compatible with the latest
recommendations from the major international
resuscitation organizations including the
American Heart Association and the International
Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android.
GPS Tracker for Android. Family Locator simplifies life in the
digital world by making it easy to stay connected to the people
who matter most. With Life360 you can:
• Create your own groups, called “Circles,” of loved ones,
friends, teammates -- whoever matters most and chat with them
in Family Locator for FREE.
• View the real-time location of Circle Members on a private
family map that’s only visible on Family Locator
• Receive real-time alerts when Circle Members arrive at or
leave destinations (Eliminate disruptive “Where are you?” texts)
• Track stolen phones or lost phones
Emergency Alert System for Apple.
Alert, track and notify loved ones as well as
911 in an emergency situation. Silent Beacon
provides you with the peace of mind that
comes from knowing that you and your loved
ones are able to instantly connect. The
emergency alert system for the digital age.
Road ID eCrumbs App (Apple and Android)
for Apple and Android. This is one I use when off by myself
running, biking or hiking. It’s a way of alerting people by email
and text if something happens to me and I stop moving for a
certain period of time (mine is set for 5 minutes), or past a set
overall time limit.
The all new Road ID App is a great tool for runners, cyclists,
hikers, and walkers. With features like eCrumb Tracking, a
Stationary Alert, and a custom Lock Screen, the Road ID App is
your perfect training partner.
As a side note, the five minute alert sounds and the phone
vibrates when stationery— useful to find your phone when you
wipe out mountain biking and your phone flies into the woods.
Speaking from experience.
Red Cross Hurricane App (Apple) (Android)
Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by
American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your
area or throughout the storm track, prepare your
family and home, find help and let others know
you are safe – a must have for anyone who lives
in an area where a hurricane may strike or has
loved ones who do.
The Wildfire APP:
Earthquake Alert for Android.
Quake feed for Apple.
Weatherbug (Apple) (Android)
Get real-time weather conditions,
forecasts, and accurate & animated
weather maps for all the locations you care
about. Plus, get the fastest alerts to severe
weather including all NWS and NOAA
watches and warnings.
Disaster Alert (Apple) (Android)
a free download providing mobile access
to multi-hazard monitoring of and early
warning for “Active Hazards” around the
globe. Additional information and reports
about hazards can be viewed and shared.
FEMA (Apple) (Android)
The FEMA app is your one-stop-shop with tools
and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after
disasters. Stay updated with weather-related alerts
from the U.S. National Weather Service. Save a
custom list of the items in your family’s
emergency kit, as well as the places you will meet
in case of an emergency. Get tips on what to do
before, during, and after over 20 types of
disasters. And locate open shelters and where to
talk to FEMA in person at Disaster Recovery
There are several topo map Apps you can buy. I’ve used
a number over the years but the best one I’ve found is
Gaia. The basic app is free and then there are two levels
of membership. The premium, which is discounted 20%
via my affiliate link, is $32 for a year but for the number of
types of maps you get, it is definitely worth it. One useful
thing to using any map app is to download the map tiles
you want to use beforehand (when you’re out in the wilds
with no signal) and you learn how to use the app.
They also send interesting email updates on various
outdoor activities that are very informative from outdoor
To the left is an example of some of the many
maps you can download and use. You can
have multiple maps on screen at the same
time, adjusting them as you need. In this
case, I have the US Forestry Service Map at
max along with USFS roads and trails along
with public lands. I can bring up hidden layers
as needed. Also note the Historic Topo for
1930 which is fun to play with. You also have
National Park Service Visitor, topo maps,
streets maps, weather and more.
There are dozens of different types of maps
available to premium members.
Knots 3D ($1.99) (Apple) (Android)
Tie, untie and rotate more than 100.
Knots are an essential part of emergency
and survival training.
Wild Edibles ($5.99) (Apple) (Android)
Explore free edible plants in your backyard. The ultimate
foraging guide: identify, cultivate, and prepare over 250 plants!
• Identify using up to 8 images per plant (over 1,000 images in
• Now includes map enabled notes - privately track locations of
your favorite plants
* Filter by region, season, and other plant attributes
• West coast specific plants
• New cultivation information helps wild plants stay forgeable
year after year
• Identification, harvesting, preparation, and recipes.
• Choose to download high resolution versions of images
Scanner Radio (Apple) (Android)
Listen to live audio from over 5,300
police and fire scanners, weather
radios, and amateur radio repeaters
from around the world.
Once more some caveats on relying on and using
Apps based on my experience:
Some Apps require you be able to access a network
for them to function.
Some apps require downloads with data. Do it
before you need it.
Many apps require a sign in and password. Make
sure you do this before you need to use it.
Open the apps for a few minutes before you need to
use them and see how they work.
I discuss more location apps and map in the
slideshare on maps.
I have a separate slideshow listing books
I think you should have in your survival
library. I have physical copies, but also
the eBook versions on my phone and
More Free Information
I constantly update free, downloadable
slideshows like this on my web site for
preparation and survival and other topics.
I also have YouTube Survival videos. HERE
Also, I conduct Area Study workshops for
those interested in properly preparing for
their specific circumstances.
The guide on the left is the complete preparation and
survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size
manual with just the survival portion. Useful in your Grab-
n-Go bag, car and kitchen drawer.
New York Times bestselling author, is a graduate of West
Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books
published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets,
Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million
books. He was born in the Bronx and has traveled the world.
He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the
west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains
and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial
He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years
at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains
Green Berets and also runs the SERE school:
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.