Talk about a sentence that would make zero sense just 10 years ago, but it’s true. There’s an app or gadget for nearly every emergency situation, and they’re not fluff either. This technology has real function, and it could be just what you need if you find yourself in one of these situations.
This one seems obvious, “The best app for 911 is dialing 911, right?” That’s true, of course. But what a lot of people don’t know is that you can use anyone’s phone, regardless of a passcode or thumbprint lock, to dial 911 for help. It’s the one feature you can access on a locked phone in case you don’t have access to your own in an emergency situation.
The very first question that comes to mind during a natural disaster is, “Are my friends and family safe?” It’s difficult and time consuming to call or text every person individually to make sure they weren’t harmed, so Life360 is the app that sets up a private network of close friends and family to ensure everyone is okay using location data and messaging services so you can use precious minutes and seconds to gain peace of mind.
Hiking and camping is a great way to escape civilization and enjoy the great outdoors, but there is also a risk when you truly go off the beaten path. If you are ever lost or stranded in the wilderness, a smartphone isn’t going to be much help when there isn’t a cell signal for miles, but a satellite phone could save your life.
Sat phones are depicted in movies as complicated, expensive technology, but Roadpost makes them at the consumer level and plans are often pay-as-you go and cheaper than typical phone plans. These devices will connect virtually anywhere in the world and can be used to call for help, give GPS navigation, and send SOS signals to nearby park rangers.
Police brutality is unfortunately still a reality that is finally brought to light thanks to smartphones, but the police who would do harm to everyday citizens would rather not be caught on film and could possibly confiscate or damage your phone should you ever try to record an incident. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) created an app that can film police brutality and automatically upload the footage to its site. So even if a policeman were to smash you phone on the ground, the footage lives on in the cloud.
International travelers often feel vulnerable in foreign countries because the rules are never the same. If you have broken a local law, feel in danger (like you were mugged and your passport is stolen), or even worse, a catastrophic or violent even has happened in that country, it’s important to know what to do and where to go. ICE (In Case of Emergency) is an app that tells you exactly what to do based on the country you’re in, so can find the nearest U.S. Embassy or at the very least know what rules and procedures to follow so you can stay safe.