With thousands of apps at your beck and call, there’s no question your iPhone can easily become your best everyday companion. Just imagine a day without the device. Sounds like the end of the world right?
However, surprisingly your iPhone is more than just your fave goto-device – to help lift your burden at work or give you uninterrupted pleasure when you need one. It can actually become (drum roll please) your emergency kit, in times of disaster and great need – helping you save lives in the process. Yes, you heard us right. Below are 5 ways:
For those of you who are wondering, this article is focused on the smartphone. But, of course, you’re most welcome to try and ready your i-tablets on those iPad mini keyboard cases – if you feel like it.
1. Turn your iPhone into a flashlight.
Electricity is one of the first things to go when disaster strikes (e.g., blizzard, storm, tornado). Chances are, the lack of power is a direct consequence of the weather disturbance as the winds tear down the countryside and power lines are hit. Or it’s a precautionary measure that your city hall officials has undertaken to prevent untoward incidents.
You don’t have to lose yourself in the dark or lose precious time looking for a flashlight to light your way. A flashlight app installed right in your smartphone can get you moving in no time. An example of this app is Apple’s Flashlight App.
Like a regular flashlight, you can adjust the brightness of your ready phone-flashlight. Added to this, these apps can send timely SOS signals via Morse Code when you need to.
2. Make use of a first aid app.
Giving CPR or any emergency first aid procedure could be a tall order if you have not had any form of formal training. Remember that there maybe nobody else to do it but you in tight situations. It is for this very reason that you should have a ready first aid app in your smartphone. A fine example is the Red Cross app. Another is the Pocket First Aid & CPR. Awesome videos and step-by-step guide will get you the techniques you need.
3. Find help via GPS.
Knowing where your family or best buddies when disaster strikes can be a lifesaver. This is most true when you can’t even send text or make a call. In times like these, apps like Life360, along with Find my Friends are heaven-sent.
Also, even when you can’t contact them directly, giving away your exact location is a great advantage for them to find you should you be lost.
4. Maximize on offline maps.
In times of emergency, knowing where you are and knowing where to go are necessary information for basic survival. Having an offline map on your mobile can be your best bet in getting to the safest of places or locating a comrade in distress. In this regard, you can download offline maps via Google maps or resort to Galileo Offline Maps, another great option.
It is important to have key maps available in advance as you may not have the luxury of wi-fi, or of data when you want to access needed apps.
5. Maximize on survival apps.
When disaster strikes, you could be on your own and it may take days for help to arrive. It is therefore best to have information that are instrumental in your survival. In this regard, you can’t go wrong with The Army Survival Guide and the Official FEMA app.
6. Make use of ICE Emergency Standard Card App
Worst-case scenario is you may not be able to talk or is incapacitated. Availing of the ICE Emergency Standard Card app could be your best hope so you get treated right. This app will provide people treating you with vital information (e.g., who to contact, various allergies, blood type, insurance info) that could spell the difference in a life and death situation.